So Many Words

This is an era of too many words.

Anybody can post a blog, a Tweet, a Facebook comment, a response to an article online or offer another opinion in countless public forums.

On the one hand, it seems to make our words increasingly meaningless or powerless or simply muted as they get caught in the torrential downpour of all the other words.

But on the other hand, it is an unavoidable reminder that a majority of people in the world have something they want to say and desperately want to be heard.  People want to be heard as a way of being seen, identified and meaningfully alive.

Words are how we explain, define and even create.  Our words distinguish us from plants or animals or inanimate objects.  Our words help us to be known and to articulate what we are learning, feeling, wondering or hoping.

Maybe my cynical dismissal of a stranger’s words, whether those words are eloquently constructed or preceded with a hashtag, is in fact a brutal dismissal of the stranger’s existence.  I’m not listening and therefore not seeing individuals who are meaningfully alive behind their words sent up like a flair from a stranded traveler.   “Over here!  Find me!”, they yell.

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:18

God created the world and all that is in it with words.  What if by paying better attention to all those words I start to see the One who created them more clearly?