I have devoted a great deal of time, of late, to the study of words. Their force, intentionality, function, and forms in other, some dead, languages. Words restore me. For, as John tells us, Jesus is the Word, the Logos. The Word come to heal, to redeem, to set free, to save. Words are a salve to my spirit, weary and wounded from its sojourn in this world. Words that lift my countenance, words that refocus my wanderings, words that coax me further toward truth. And sometimes, even with all those that fill my days, I need words to steal into my tired and lonely spirit; to nestle into the scrapped out places, and emanate truth. Sometimes, I need words to remind me of my awesome.
Scripture, cool and refreshing, is the endless fount of truth. Words splashing over, with the living water that is the only remedy for this world. Jesus, the logos, restoring the ruined places within me. Yet, there are times when truth startles me from behind other mundane exteriors. Because God is a poet, a writer, the creator of words. God can and does use the words of others to remind us of his truth: that each one of us is his beautifully awesome creation. And, whether we return it or not, he loves us; passionately, completely, and intimately.
So for today, I want to share with you one of my favorite wordsmiths: Joshua Bennett. A young man whose poem below creeps in, when I am feeling particularly awesome-less, and reminds me who I was created to be.*
If words aren’t you thing, don’t let my delight in them discourage you. One of my favorite heroines became rather sick of words. For all the ‘Liza Doolittles out there, show the world how awesome you are. You’ll make us better because of it.
*Granted, this poem, as it is titled, is intended for black women. Acknowledging that, I humbly submit that each woman, regardless of her race, has a deep need for words such as these to remind her of who she is; thus, it resonates with me. Truth will do that.
**If you can’t get enough of this young wordsmith, enjoy another powerfully vulnerable performance by Mr. Bennett: watch his White House performance.