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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Pen and Pencil ... Making a Point -- Peter A. Black
Need to remember something – a
telephone number or grocery item you might require to pick up on the way home from the
office or a birthday card for Aunt Harriet? You need a piece of paper and a pen
or pencil – either will do.
Oh, but I have my lists and birthday
reminders on a computer calendar program, you may protest. Or, I’ve got all that information
instantly available with a stroke of my thumb on my smart-phone.
what if your computer breaks down, or there’s an electricity power cut, or your
mobile phone battery dies without warning? Pens and pencils faithfully stand by –
soldiers on guard to save the day.
What marvellous inventions pens and
pencils are – portable, pointed, and practical instruments of writing! In this
age of all things high-tech there is still a practical and prominent place for
these perfect cousins – even if humble and homely.
As for pens, they’ve been
used for millennia. Whether the form of pen is sharpened reed or feathered
quill dipped in a mixture of soot and water and whatever else, or a
platinum-plated nib in settings of gold, or the popular ball-point, pens are
and will still be in use for whatever generations are to come, I’m sure.
Pens and pencils are for writing. I
thank God that He chose to use the pen to eternal effect, since, over a period
of 1,600 years in the writing of the original Scripture manuscripts, ranging
from Genesis to The Revelation, about 40 “holy men of God wrote as they were
moved by the Holy Spirit!” (2 Peter
1:21). And now today, God’s Word – the Bible, is still the world’s bestseller,
printed annually in the multi-millions of copies in hundreds of languages. It
is available for use on our personal computers, and smart phones too!
Since my youth and long before I was
led into the ministry as a vocation, I made it my business to read, consider
and memorize portions of the Bible. This has helped develop a frame of
reference for life and living which has seen me through many a challenge.
humble pen and pencil played a part, as in my youth I would write out a verse
or two and carry them with me for subsequent reference in memorizing and
meditating on their relevance to my life. I still mark up my current Bible with
pen and pencil, highlighting portions of interest and writing thoughts in the
Would you like to try it? Take, for
example the words of Jesus in John 5:24 (NIV):
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent
me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death
That’s a call to exercise faith and live it. Writing verses out,
memorizing and meditating on them, asking God’s help to enable us to apply their
truths to our lives in faith, can be really helpful.
Our receiving the divine assurance
that our name is written in heaven and that our citizenship is there, is
something to write home about, eh?
Black is a freelance writer in Southwestern Ontario, and author of a children's
/ family book, "Parables from the Pond." An earlier version of this
article was published in his weekly column in the September 12, 2012 issue of The Watford
Guide-Advocate, and has been adapted here. His articles have appeared in 50 Plus
Contact and testimony, and
several newspapers in Ontario.