Punctuation. It accompanies our written type of language. It helps us to higher perceive issues after we learn them. Let’s take this phrase for example. With out punctuation it’s a harmful sentence: Let’s eat grandpa. Now with punctuation, it’s much less harmful and extra satisfying: Let’s eat, grandpa. Punctuation issues.

There are all types of punctuation, the truth is, greater than I do know and really perceive. To be sincere, it’s fairly ironic that I’m writing about punctuation as a result of a earlier editor had a discipline day with my writing throughout my Physician of Ministry mission. We proceed nonetheless and I’ll ask for grace within the midst of my punctuation mess.

Within the sentence instance above about grandpa, the essential piece of punctuation was a comma. Commas and durations are probably the most continuously used punctuation marks. Commas usually point out a quick pause; they are not as remaining as durations.

Commas point out a quick pause, like taking a breath as I realized in my English lessons from highschool. Now, what does all this must do with this text and Lent? Nicely, every thing.

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I used to be lately studying Psalm 46 and got here throughout verse 10. The scripture reads, “Be nonetheless, and know that I’m God…” I’ve learn this verse a whole bunch of occasions and heard it much more, however that is the primary time I’ve ever seen the comma. Now I notice that maybe David could not have put the comma within the verse, however the translators did, and for me it made an enormous distinction.

So typically I learn the verse with out the comma, besides at the moment. As we speak I seen the comma. As we speak I seen the pause, the breath, the remainder within the verse, so appropriately positioned after two phrases: Be Nonetheless. I questioned why I had by no means seen it earlier than. Was it as a result of possibly I’ve by no means taken the time to really be nonetheless whereas studying the verse? Was it as a result of I’ve unconsciously not needed to see the comma inflicting me to pause as I learn? I’ve no clue, however what I do know is I seen it at the moment and it has modified my perspective.

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I’ve all the time understood what the gist of the verse was in order that has not essentially modified, David encourages us to as you would possibly assume, be nonetheless, and know that God is who he says he’s. Nevertheless for me, seeing the comma and deliberately pausing for a second after, “be nonetheless,” has precipitated me to really be nonetheless. I paused. I rested. I did not rush to the following phrase. I let sink in what was being stated. I used to be nonetheless and let God communicate.

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So typically I’m something however nonetheless. I have a tendency to only rush to the following factor and after I do that I take the possibility of lacking out on what God was wanting me to listen to in that nonetheless second.

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As we speak I realized to understand the comma as a respite, not a remaining ending. I realized to understand the pause, the remainder, the nonetheless second in my chaos crammed life. As we speak I heard God say – Be nonetheless, and know that I’m God. Be nonetheless, and know that I bought you. Be nonetheless, and know that every thing goes to be alright. Be nonetheless, and know that no matter life throws at you, it’s only a small pause alongside the best way, it isn’t the ultimate cease. Be nonetheless, and know I’m right here.

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As we journey by the season of Lent, a season designed to assist us pause and reset, could we be taught to understand the commas in life as a pause and never the ultimate interval. Could we be taught to pause in these nonetheless moments and let God communicate. Could we come to know the nice I Am and expertise his overwhelming presence with us always.

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