Throughout my life my father consistently recalled to me that I was named Lois, the Maiden Warrior, which is a loose definition of my name. His consistent influence over my life included being reminded from time to time of how the LORD desires to use that innate tenacity still whispers to me to this day. He and my mother also instilled in me through our family habits a desire for prayer and reading of Sacred Scripture. I’m grateful for their influence in my life, their words are gifts!
My father had a nickname for me–“Snowflake”. He had been raised in Swaziland, South Africa as a son of missionaries. Snow had never been a gift he enjoyed, but on a certain furlough to the United States I happened to be born to my mother and him on a snowy day. Six weeks later our family returned to snowless South Africa where he and mother served as missionaries. Years later on my birthday he gave me my first Bible. The words he penned to me have served as a lintel over my life. “To my dear Snowflake, may your life leave a mark but never a stain.” I’m a better person for those words my father spoke over me. Words are life changing!
Most importantly I am being transformed by the words my Heavenly Father offers me each day as I live my The Faith. The reading of Sacred Scripture, the treasure of Sacred Tradition, and the security of Sacred Authority present in The Roman Catholic Church speak God’s Word to me just as a loving father speaks to his daughter. Through living the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of our Sacramental Faith the LORD’S voice is leading me in the “long obedience in the same direction [towards] something which has made life worth living.”* Words give direction!
My day always begins with a prayer to our LORD from Psalm 19:15, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Those words were written to me by a godly women who taught one of my high school English classes. She was affirming my writing skills by offering the scripture as a template for all I put to paper. Words are life-changing!
What’s in a word? Everything! “Thus says the LORD, your Creator, O [Child], and he who formed you, O [Friend]: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1