Look Alive

09 December 2011


The suffix -ase came to mind randomly today.

It's a worry-free thing really, considering it could easily be something you see on many product labels at any given time.

Even though one way to look at is like "ace" ~ the mark of quality, a best friend who will actually see you right through anything or the helpful, hardware store perhaps ~ that isn't always the case.

Those of certain Afro-Latino spiritual traditions see and sound it differently, too, as the potential and force of Life itself to be gained by virtue and given.

Science thinks of it as an engineering society. That larger industry regards it as a common suffix often signaling the presence of an enzyme wherein something will be transformed, by a digestion, reduction, tenderizing or some other manner of "breaking 'it' down" in preparation for another function.

While I can't say exactly why I was inclined to view the word these ways without any previous context, the Word now comes to mind, highlighting the Most High's Way in the midst: to distinguish between negatively earthbound acquaintances, those who share a worthwhile experience with us in these incarnations and the Paraclete, the Friend to all who do not unduly grieve but receive It. I also appreciate the Word for reminding us that the inclination to engage in false talk and stalk another is far inferior to true discernment, analysis and interpretation; that grace and spiritual gifts, even the greatest of them, are available to EVERYONE from God, for the benefit of each other. 

Of course, seeking the beauty of God's face will vary across disciplines, blinding those subject to the condemnation of the past and enlightening others open to moving forward with/in Glory. C'est  la vie! Whenever the debate gets too heated, though, set your sights on the shades of Deborah and carry on ~ cooler.


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