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Do you pray to be silly? Sounds odd, doesn’t it? But this is my prayer this week.
I love words. I enjoy learning their histories, their hidden meanings, their stories.
I learned new things about the word “SILLY” this week.
In my view, my perspective, silly means shallow, impractical, childish, and harebrained. Not quite the desirable characteristic to pray for, though being more childlike is Biblical.
But words evolve in their meanings over time.
Silly used to be the opposite of what it means now.
The word derives from the old English word seely, meaning happy, blissful, lucky, or blessed. From there it came to mean innocent, or deserving of compassion, only later mutating this sense of naive childishness. The related German selig retains its original meaning ‘happy, blessed’.
So I am praying to be silly:
Lord help me to be silly in its old definition.
Sprinkle me with joyous laughter and Godly giggles.
Thank you for pure moments that lighten my day.
Give me childlike eyes to see Your wonders.
And a silly putty heart to know You better.