The word is “peace”

The Lord said to Joshua…“On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times blowing the trumpets…as soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet…the wall of the city will fall down flat…” (Joshua 6, greatly abridged)

The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed (1 Corinthians 15.52b)

hands - peace

Tho’ manifold are the forms and ways of communication –
with hands of gesticulation
and facial expressions
(lips upturned in smiles or pursed in frowns,
eyes widened, eyebrows raised) –
at some point, at several points, at all points,
in order to conversate, we humans must use words…

which, as symbols, point beyond themselves to realities,
which they, as creative, created speech, seek to conceive, then encompass
so, to communicate understanding one to another.

So, whether with mouth sounding or hands moving
‘tis a trumpet that blares
capable of bringing down walls of misunderstanding’s separation
and raising the dead left in the wake of quarrel, making possible reconciliation.

That word, the word is “peace.”

Dare we learn it.

Dare we use it.

Dare we make it.

2 thoughts on “The word is “peace”

  1. Soooooo PRA, I learned a LOT from this!!

    WORDS really are EVERYTHING!!! I believe that one of the challenges I have is that I talk with my hands!! (Maybe too much so!)

    I need to focus more on my WORDS…. some of the communication challenges I’ve faced of late were caused by not using the right words. Some of it also involved a language barrier but I think I could have done a better job to ensure I was understood.

    Those issues led to less than peaceful outcomes and were very costly to me. I a few weeks I’ll be on NY with my daughter and granddaughter and hope on that short trip will be able to find the right words to ensure the trip is fun AND peaceful!

    As for the world, we sure could use more positive words and strive to have more Peace!!!! It’s sorely needed before we all become immune to the hurt our words can cause.

    Much love!


  2. Loretta, foremost, may your, Kim’s, and Kendal’s trip be safe and peaceful.

    I’m a word-guy. I love words. Still, words are symbols, that is, again, pointing to realities, oft unseen, which the words seek to conceive and to communicate. And, as I believe, given that for a symbol to be a symbol, it is to be understood by more than one person, thus, making the use of words efficacious. However, here, for me, is the paradox. Words and their meanings, I also believe, are individual; understood in the light and context of an individual’s history and memory and experience. Thus, as I’m wont to say, no two people do (or can!) mean the same thing though employing the same words, which is why, I think, communication is a difficult matter that demands our focused attention and effort. This is also why I believe that when I speak, I need not only focus and give attention to what I mean (that is, what I seek to convey to you), but also, if not more importantly, the effect of my words on you.

    Okay, enough rambling!



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