W is for Word

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter W

Word is a name of Jesus.  The opening of John’s gospel describes how the Word existed from the beginning.  John 1:1-18

The Bible is also often referred to as the Word of God.  Within it prophets declare the Word of the Lord.

Water of Life is something Jesus claimed to be able to give. John 4:4-4:26 The phrase used in the New International Version is living water, rather than water of life, but the idea is the same.

Wonderful Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6) used to be translated wonderful, counsellor and was set to music in that form by Handel in the Messiah.  Modern translators prefer to leave out the comma and refer to the Holy Spirit.

Worthy is a characteristic of God.  He alone deserves worship, which I have explained elsewhere is a contraction of worth-ship.  In the book of Revelation 4:11 and 5:12 God and the Lamb are described as Worthy.

It might be worth mentioning here that we are not worthy of receiving the living water, but it is a gift from God.

(For names in this post beginning with earlier letters, I hope the A to Z contents is up-to-date.)

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Wave power

We British talk about the weather.  It is a national pastime.  The last few weeks’  weather has certainly given us something to talk about –  storms, high tides, power cuts, railway lines washed away, lightning strikes and it isn’t over yet.

I do not wish to be flippant.  One of the petitions on my prayer list is “people affected by floods”.  However, when I sat down to write a verse about the recent events, this is what came out:-

Wave power

Need a JCB?
Hire the Irish Sea!
Holes dug, moved earth,
bridges shifted, banks worth
Just a thought!

Other bloggers have perhaps done better.  http://beeseeker.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/mischief-and-silver/

Today’s daily prompt allows us to

Write about anything you’d like, but make sure that all seven colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet — make an appearance in the post, either through word of image.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us COLORS.

The mnemonic I know for the colours of the rainbow, which do not include silver gold or black is with the indicated variations.

Richard Of York Gained/Gave Battle(s) In Vain.

And the kind editors of the Daily post (Michelle W. in particular) have already listed the colours in the prompt.  Rainbows have been a pleasant change from dark skies here over this stormy spell.

And to readers in the frozen parts of the US and Canada I, for one, have not entirely forgotten you!

The great outdoors

Blog Every Day in November is a challenge hosted by Elizabeth of Rosalilium a lifestyle blog.  Today’s topic is the great outdoors.

I am very fortunate to be able to look out of the window and see a vista including sea, hills and a valley, sheep grazing and sometimes sheep dogs at work with them moving them from field to field or into a trailer.  Sometimes I can see sports of various kinds being played – golfers in the distance, footballers nearly as far away, rugby or cricket matches in progress, cross-country runners, long distance walkers, hang-gliders, horse-riders and cyclists.  I can see two schools, a nursery, roofs of some houses and of the church where the craft group meets, the church where I sing in the choir and its associated halls and vicarage.  And sometimes the visibility is so poor the view almost completely disappears!

Elizabeth has asked for pictures.

View of Scotland

View of Scotland

I have chosen one photograph taken on an outing in the summer. It is the view across the Solway to Scotland from a favourite place of ours. It was a particularly clear day. We took Mum as she had been there a long time before and suggested going again. We had been looking out for the Post Office as I had something to send abroad and needed a stamp. We did not see one anywhere. A passer-by asked us whether we were enjoying exploring the nooks and crannies of the place and someone had the presence of mind to ask her where the Post Office was. It was round a corner quite nearby, but we’d have missed it. Mum said the lady was “sent”. She was certainly friendly and helpful.