At a Loss for Words

At a Loss for Words

     Last Friday I was beginning to consider what I might share in this week’s meditation.  Up to this point, some thought or idea has always leapt out at me, a thought or idea that I just couldn’t get out of my mind.  For some reason, that didn’t happen this week and by Monday morning I was wondering what God would lead me to share.

     A friend had bought me a book for my birthday back in May and I had read part of it.  Sunday I picked it up again and couldn’t put it down.  It’s title – “The Gospel According to Peanuts” by Robert Short – an exposition of theological principles based on the popular comic strip by Charles Schulz.  On page 1 of the book, Schulz is quoted; “…if you do not say anything in a cartoon, you might as well not draw it at all.  Humor which does not say anything is worthless humor.  So I contend that a cartoonist must be given a chance to do his own preaching.”  So, in a way, if one is at a loss for words, meaningful words, why try to say anything at all?

     Most of us, at one time or another, have probably identified with one or more of the characters in his comic strip.  And most of us have probably found an occasion or two when we have been “at a loss for words.”  Perhaps we have called it being “speechless” or maybe have said, “my brain’s gone out to lunch.”

     Life sometimes leaves us at a loss for words whether from good and festive occasions or from experiences of grief and loss.  The Israelites themselves were in captivity in Babylon in Psalm 137.  In verse 4, they ask, “How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?”  Being at a loss for words often comes with feelings of yearning for the way things were, with being in a familiar place, with the peace of being in our own comfort zones, and with having an idea of what the future may bring.

     We may not be in a foreign land as far as our surroundings, but we have found ourselves in a foreign land in the way we now are having to live out our lives and our faith.  We look for hope on which we can We still have a message, the good news, to remember and to share with others in these times.  We still have brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.  And we still have our Lord who is with us and loves us in the midst of anything going on in life.  He said He would be with us always.

     When we find ourselves at a loss for words, for motivation, or for hope, may we remember to claim His promises.  May we remember that we are not alone – may we remember that we are invited to turn to Him and know that He is more than just with us, but that He will give us His strength to rely on as is stated in Philippians 4:13, “For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.