Consider the miracle of communication: that fascinating borderland between persons, where people are brought together in peace (yes and sadly, not peace), where a plural colors a singular and a singular colors a plural, where there are a great many happenings; now eyes meet and the whole body engages; the whole body speaks; now breathing lungs, filling lungs expel air shaping it more skillfully than any potter with clay, crafting strings (do I dare say music?), sound waves of meaning; now these waves vibrating the most elaborate percussion translated into neural . . . what have we even understood of this miracle? This mystery is beautiful.
Communication might be a noun, but it is surely not just a thing. Speaking and listening are grand events changing our universe as ripples resound among human relationships and expand throughout the cosmos. We are, after all, made in the image of God. In the beginning God said let there be and there was. And God is still speaking.
But what about words? To literate society, ‘word’ might bring with it the image of a written word. But words are speech primarily. It was only much later that visual symbols were invented to represent oral ones. We would much rather have you over for tea to discuss this, but we only have that privilege with some of you. Instead, here we are pressing buttons with symbols on them so the symbols appear on your screen, pale glimmers of speech. So please listen to a person today. We mean really listen. Hug. Love. And use the power of your voice for good. “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, / but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” – Solomon son of David
So Dear People, as students of language we wanted to begin our weblog with a brief reflection on the gift that is language. “For every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James son of Joseph
Warmly Spoken, albeit Keyed to You,
Ryan & Jordan