I was silent on social media yesterday because the world is such a sad place some days and I don't have more than one healing word.
More like a Name than a word, come to think of it.
I guess that's two words. Or a sad groan that finds its rest in the One who is the Word. That word, that name, was the only one that felt secure in the face of human suffering yesterday...and many days.
Lots of people get loud online when big things break, other times there seem to be few words to share. I loved this short Facebook post by Kelli Stuart last night — it confirmed that few words are often the right words. She's given me permission to share those words here:
Jesus — He's my one word these days.
Perhaps you feel the pressure to say all the words and pray all the prayers and argue all the points online each day. Let me encourage you with the lyrics of an old church song I used to sing as a child:
"Let my words be few,
Jesus, I am so in love with You."
When we are in love with Him, all we can do is trust Him. And when we trust, we often find ourselves getting quieter and quieter.
The quieter I get, the more I think of abiding in the simplicity of few words. And this new book came to mind as I pondered word count.
Could the title be more timely? In the midst of a seemingly ceaseless roll of human tragedy and devastating loss, it is common to not know how to pray. Sometimes we can only groan along with the Spirit.
What a reminder today that we don't need lots of big Christian words in times like these. Only a few choice ones, like faithful David's small smooth stone pebbles from the river bank.
Lisa Whittle's "Five-Word Prayers" devotional reminds us that "prayer is not about word count; it's about heart intent"
If you've lost your way in your prayer life, and lost your words, in this present age with so much ache and so many words, but want desperately to start again, start here.
What a wonderful resource.
"Five-Word Prayers: Where to Start When You Don't Know What to Say to God" gives you the simple words you're lacking, and moves you from groaning to praying. A few of Lisa's prayers are: I need You desperately today. Set my burdened heart free. Help me to forgive myself...
Jesus. Glasses. Life. Love.
Let my words be few,
Jesus, I am so in love with You.
Taking a moment of silence to simply groan for those who lost loved ones in Vegas...and can only groan themselves.
Next week, we'll be releasing the next round of free seasonal prints to help you decorate your heart and home with encouraging words. You can sign up today to receive the current series right in your inbox and the autumn series will be sent directly to you next week — including this hymn lyric reminding us to "take it to the Lord in prayer."