I’m named after my great-grandmother, Mabel Amelia. She passed away the year before I was born, and over the past week I’ve found myself mourning that I never had the chance to know her. I think we would have been friends. She too was a firstborn, and knew how to get things done. My great-grandfather was a builder, and apparently she convinced him to buy property and develop it into a subdivision. I grew up running around that neighborhood visiting relatives thinking it was rather cool that my mom had a street named after her.
I asked my mom about Great Grandma recently, and she shared a memory that impacted me. My grandparents had decided they needed to leave the family church and find a new place for their young family to attend. Everyone in the family attended this small church. Leaving was a big deal and was very difficult for my grandparents. Mom said that Great Grandma told my grandparents that she didn’t mind if they left the family church, as long as wherever they went they stuck together and followed God’s leading.
The church that my grandparents eventually called home is where my parents met and got married. It’s the church I grew up in. That church started a Christian school and my brother and I both graduated from there. It’s the church Ked and I got married in. My entire childhood is shaped around that community. And my great-grandmother played a role in creating my future, even though she died before I was born. I’m so thankful she gave her blessing and encouragement to my grandparents during that tough transition.
We never know how long our words will live – whether for good or for bad.
In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God. The Word was God. (John 1:1)
With words, He spoke life into existence out of the dark void. (Genesis 1)
Our words can have the ability to create too.
My great-grandmother spoke life into my grandparents, and their decision resulted in more life. Mine. My brother’s. My parents’ marriage of 38 years.
Life from words.
What are you creating with your words? Is God asking you to speak life into someone today?