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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.
Janis@Open My Ears Lord says
Silly is delightful! I’m so glad you gave me this indepth perception of the word.
Laughing with friends ’til your tummy hurts is sheer joy. It does lighten my day and even days to come as I recall the funny incident.
I pray to be silly more often.
Thank you for this insight, Jean. Always something wise to find here 🙂
Oh, Jeanie, you silly girl, you! God made laughter and I think He smiles when we are silly. Thanks for that definition-didn’t know that.
Jean Wise says
I see lots o silly sisters in Christ joining me in prayer this week! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.
Carole in the Faith Lounge says
I just love this post Jean.
Your prayer is my prayer too.
May God sprinkle me with joyous laughter and Godly giggles, everyday!!
God Bless you.
Jean, thanks for commenting on my post today! I think we both desire these silly prayers! 🙂
GLENDA CHILDERS says
I have prayed for joy, but I don’t think I have ever prayed to be silly, until now.
Recovering Church Lady says
Heehee! OK put me on your prayer list! I could use some giggles. Thanx for the great reminder!
Jean Wise says
Love that I am getting so many others to be ‘silly” for God today too. Puts a new twist on being fools for God, doesn’t it?
This is SO cool!! Thanks from the bottom of this fellow word-lover’s heart. “Selig,” it is!
Love this – I’m going to pray it, too!
I want to be silly! 🙂 Laughter is good. I want to laugh and play with my kids. I want to laugh with my Father. I desire to be truly happy and that only comes from God Himself. Great post Jean.
Jean Wise says
Nancy you make me smile. God did create feathers, didn’t He? LOL.
Meant to also tell you how much I appreciated your thoughtful comment on my post on online spiritual direction. I do feel God will use everything – even technology to speak to us, if we only listen. thanks for your comments.
I think it’s easier to find silly when feather boas are involved 😉