Do you guys know how much I love the English language? Or just language in general? Words hold so much power, and not necessarily always because of the tongue that wields them. Words have power because they mean things, because just like food and music and smells they evoke emotion at the drop of a hat. For some reason it has taken me a while to realize that the written word is an art form; it’s not just something you do without ever thinking about it. Writing is a creative gift, one that moves others and ourselves in great ways.
Yesterday in church we were singing “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and about two lines into the song I was already choked up with tears. Not because the melody moves me – honestly, the melody is one of my least favorite of all the Christmas carols – but the words “joyful and triumphant” hit me in the face so heavily that I couldn’t breathe for a moment. There are a lot of things I’m struggling through, and even though none of it is earth-shattering or truly hard I still feel the weight on me at all times. But those words – joyful and triumphant – what an amazing declaration! To be faithful and through that faith become both filled with joy and victorious! Such an amazing thought.
As someone who is competitive to a fault – think Monica Geller, but a little less shrill – the word triumphant tastes like honey to me. Sweet sweet victory, only this time it’s not because of me. It’s already mine to claim, one that I can never lose. I’ve been a believer in Jesus for a very long time, but it still feels like an intricately woven mystery as I find out (time and time again) the love and grace and magnitude of Christ.
In a not-awesome (how’s that for English?) change of subject, I found this amazing Creamy Zucchini and Rice Soup from one of my favorite bloggers and have not been able to stop making it. In a season wrought with bad food choices (oy) this is one that tastes super decadent and yet feels good to eat because it’s good for you. I like to serve mine with simply seared shrimp that I’ve dusted with a little Cajun seasoning and a hunk of bread. Talk about comfort! I can’t recommend it more, especially as we gear up for CookiePocolipse 2013 🙂