Doing Damage with a Triple Word Score by Jo Russell

As two octogenarian friends, Jean and Virginia, shared lunch and finished up the dishes, they readied themselves for battle on the Scrabble field.

“Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, “Jean remarked as she hobbled to the game table with a cane. The widow carefully lowered herself into a chair and sighed with pain. But the moment passed. She grinned at Virginia, navigating her way across the large room to start the skirmish with the word game, Scrabble.

Virginia soon followed, pushing a walker smoothly over the floor with skis on the front and tennis balls on the rear. She smiled broadly at her friend as she sat gingerly on the chair padded with an extra cushion. “Deal the letters!” she commanded with the bravado of an officer calling down the Calvary. I’ve got my two-letter word cheat sheet, my dictionary, and I’m ready!”

Neither woman seemed discouraged by their physical limitations, as Virginia joyfully added, “Now let’s see what damage we can do!”

Though the physical was tiring them both, they rose with strength for the challenge of the mental completion.

Faced with difficulties, even the strongest of us get tired. But God’s strength, energy, care and attention never wane. He is ready to lift and help the strong, the weak, the tired with any task ahead – and to guide the way. All you have to do is ask.

The promise is infused in these words:

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. [Isaiah 40:29-31]

Calling on God for strength and help counts bigger in life than a triple word score.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from, her speaking engagements and website, Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]