A Magic Moment

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

One summer vacation when our grandchildren were teenagers, they created a game they called Bucket of Words. It involved describing a word to your teammates which was contributed by the opposing team. You were given only thirty seconds to accomplish that task, and of course, you couldn’t say the word or any part of it.

Grandson Ryan was an English major and an experienced Scrabble player, so his team won often by stumping the opposition with words like zeolite and zoon.

I didn't play, but if I had, my contribution would have beenSelah, a word that appears seventy-four times in the Bible, seventy-one times in Psalms alone.Selah is a difficult Hebrew word to translate, so I suspect it would have stumped everyone.

The definition I like best is thatSelah is a prompt for a pause . . . a suggestion to stop for a moment, to think, to meditate, to reflect and to sense God's presence.

Margaret Alexander was an accomplished poet and artist who devoted many hours to capturing theawesome beauty of the hills and valleys of the Finger Lakes. When she sold her home overlooking Keuka Lake to Nancy and me in 1974, Margaret gave us several of her paintings. On the back of one she calledMellow Autumn Haze, Margaret wrote:

"Mellow autumn haze brings peace after turbulence. There is an instant just before sunset when all is enhanced . . .ordinary things are jeweled. We call it,The Magic Moment."

We should all look for theMagic Moments in our lives, and when they occur, may we pause to think, to meditate, to reflect and to appreciate God’s presence in our lives.Selah

One summer vacation when our grandchildren were teenagers, they created a game they called Bucket of Words. It involved describing a word to your teammates which was contributed by the opposing team. You were given only thirty seconds to accomplish that task, and of course, you couldn’t say the word or any part of it.

Grandson Ryan was an English major and an experienced Scrabble player, so his team won often by stumping the opposition with words like zeolite and zoon.

I didn't play, but if I had, my contribution would have beenSelah, a word that appears seventy-four times in the Bible, seventy-one times in Psalms alone.Selah is a difficult Hebrew word to translate, so I suspect it would have stumped everyone.

The definition I like best is thatSelah is a prompt for a pause . . . a suggestion to stop for a moment, to think, to meditate, to reflect and to sense God's presence.

Margaret Alexander was an accomplished poet and artist who devoted many hours to capturing theawesome beauty of the hills and valleys of the Finger Lakes. When she sold her home overlooking Keuka Lake to Nancy and me in 1974, Margaret gave us several of her paintings. On the back of one she calledMellow Autumn Haze, Margaret wrote:

"Mellow autumn haze brings peace after turbulence. There is an instant just before sunset when all is enhanced . . .ordinary things are jeweled. We call it,The Magic Moment."

We should all look for theMagic Moments in our lives, and when they occur, may we pause to think, to meditate, to reflect and to appreciate God’s presence in our lives.Selah