June 3, 2023
Missing words. Words that are no longer used in our everyday vocabulary. There are some that we can be thankful they are no longer used because we would have to spell them. For example, quockerwodger from the 1850’s. My spell check doesn’t even recognize it. It was a wooden puppet controlled by strings and came to mean that she can’t think for herself. I think it is kind of a neat word.
Then how about these? Ice box- I bet our grandchildren do not have a clue. Dungarees; britches-some people are too big for their britches. When was the last time you heard someone called a whippersnapper? Here is another one I like. Kerfuffle- making a fuss out of something that does not need it. Don’t make such a kerfuffle out of it.
But how often do you hear about restraint or constraint? There does not seem to be much restraint today. Nor do I hear much about shame or sin. If everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes, I guess it isn’t sin to them. The phrase ‘thou shalt not’ must have been stricken as well. Nor do I hear much about purity or see much. Most of the time even the newscast seems impure. Is holiness still in our vocabulary? Or Godliness? Or Christ likeness? Or reverence; reverence for the Holy God.
Today our attribute is the holiness of God. It is hard to even comprehend it. But we are as a dingy t-shirt, even filthy rags compared to His holiness. When Moses encountered the burning bush, he fell to the ground. When Uzzah reached out to right the falling ark on its way back to where it belonged, he was instantly killed. He did not reverence the holiness of God. It was a serious thing to disrespect a holy God. Holy is God’s name. It is the only attribute that is repeated three times. No where do you see faithful, faithful, faithful is His name. Even the cherubim had to cover their eyes. They could not look at His glory.
If His name is Holy, I wonder how it is that His Name is so commonly used. I don’t think they even realize they are using it. It appears they are dragging it through the mud.
But God in His Grace has made a way for us to become holy so that we may be with Him in eternity. Because of Christ’s death on the cross and our faith in what He did, God looks at us as though we are holy. What an amazing God. Now our lives need to match our position.
Let us keep on washing yourself in the Word. And have some fun with vocabulary words with your grandchildren. Tell them you want to listen to your cassettes.
Edie ’43 / ’55 New Holland PA