Over the next few weeks I will be reflecting on my trip to the March for Life as I began earlier.
We arrived in DC on the Wednesday evening before the March, with the March being on Friday. Thursday was a day of cultural and spiritual preparation. We started the day in the Smithsonian museums. With each trip I am slowly touring them. This year I went to The Archives. Being a man who loves books and old things in general, old things made of paper with writing on them even more, I was excited. Oh and the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, our founding documents were there as well. What most attracted about the documents was the handwriting. It was exquisite. Jefferson didn’t have fountain pens back then (I like fountain pens). All he had were quills, which at most lasted a week. It took a while to draft such a document to write in such orderliness, with such beauty, and with such precision. The words took on greater depth because they were written with care.
How often do we write or speak with care? We tap at a keyboard or on our phones with such speed and abandon sending messages with typos intended and unintended. We even created a language-brevis with which communicate (lol). Looking at our founding documents got me thinking about what care we take with our communication. Jefferson and the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution (most notably John Hancock) took great pains in communicating exactly what they intended to the declare to England and constitute for our country. Although our communication may not be as grave as theirs, the concept still remains. Human communication need be intentional and although may be brief, loses much when intention is lacking. Typed (or if you’re like a few, written) communication, when intention is lacking, is often misunderstood. The better our human communication, the much easier our divine communication.
When we say, “Speak Lord your servant is listening.” The Lord does not give is vague or misrepresented signals. He shows us His will, in varied ways indeed and possibly by indirect means but never does He not speak His will. He is the most intentional of all communicators. “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Say what you mean and mean what you say.