Weekend Thought by Ray Delaney

Smith. Our most used surname. Smith – a person who works in metals like a blacksmith.

I have found 10 other words ending in smith. Three are skilled workers in arts – songsmith, tunesmith and wordsmith.

A wordsmith is a skilled user or maker of words. I love words – their meaning and origin. It is fascinating to hear little children learning to speak, mimicking their parents and their accents.

Children and parents are using words to communicate to each other.

Words pour out of radios and television, newspapers and books. Listen to me. Read me. Who do we believe? Who would we want to follow?

Jesus was and remains the supreme wordsmith, urging people to repent and turn to his father. When he spoke, all the people hung on his words – they were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority.

Peter, the fisherman and future apostle, told Jesus: “You have the words of eternal life. What words and what claims – ‘I am the way, the truth and the life, no-one comes to the father except through me’.”

However, not all the people of Jesus’ time became followers. Why? If we don’t recognise spiritual need, we won’t know that there is an answer. We are more than body – we have a never-dying soul too.

Perhaps some of you remember the old chorus.

There’s a way back to God from the dark paths of sin;

There’s a door that is open and you may go in;

At calvary’s cross is where you begin,

When you come as a sinner to Jesus.

Christ was the answer to my need.

He can be to yours, too.