A world without words


By Benjamin Budde - Guest columnist



What are you looking at? You’re reading this, so the answer is easy: words.

Are they mere words, or does every word you read hold a picture or memory? I believe they are more than just words. For in words, there are stories, wants, needs, love; words are life to me.

So where did words come from? This is a very difficult question to explain by the world’s standards, but if we look to the Holy Bible it shows us the answer in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter). The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit (Breath) of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light.” I believe when God said “let there be light,” that was the beginning of words, and it amazes me that this was the first statement because it brings enlightenment not only to the earth but to our minds. God said the word is the breath of life and life is intertwined in words and our words are intertwined with life, as John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Every word is like a capsule of meaning. It amazes me how everything is wrapped in words, take music for instance. A music note is described by letters A through G, which means there are only 7 letters in our musical alphabet. You can put these letters together and make chords that turn into a song, which can bring up a memory.

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” How would we even talk about the past or dream of the future without words! The physicist, Albert Einstein said “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas” and “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Ideas from logic all the way to the imagination can only be explained by words! The harmony of words, the tones of our lives, are connected to and in everything.

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By Benjamin Budde

Guest columnist

The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.

The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.