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January 11, 2013

SPELLBOUND

I appreciate the “Spell Check” option on my computer software. I suppose some teachers are going to tell me that kids don’t know how and don’t care how to spell these days because they know the “Spell Check” thing-y on the computer will correct them. (And I know these teachers are right.)

If I write the day of the week “Saturday” but spell it “Saterday”, I will get a red line under the word Saterday which indicates that Saterday is not really a word in the English language. I merely click on the underlined red word of Saterday and it indicates that “Saturday” is the correct spelling. I click on “correct” and I am redeemed. My English teacher in high school does not realize that I cannot spell that particular day of the week and my brain will probably not recall that spelling but it will recall that if I goof it up again, I can just hit the auto correct and proceed. It’s like eating hot fudge brownies with caramel and whipped cream and assuming that your metabolism will convert it to solid muscle.

Yet, I marvel at this spell check/auto correct function.

My name Tussing has been entered into my computer software so it no longer tries to auto correct Tussing to “tussle” or “tossing,” even though those words make no sense in a sentence. “Tussle” and “tossing” are actual words in the English language. Tussing is just the name my great grandfather bestowed upon us.

So it was with all this in mind that I was writing on my computer recently. I was writing about the Holy Spirit; something that ministers are wont to do. But I wrote holy spirit and proceeded on. When I looked back at the writing on my computer, I noticed that it was automatically underlined. In other words, someone had written into my Mac:Word software program that holy spirit should be Holy Spirit. Granted, it gave me the option of making it Holy Spirit or just ignoring it as holy spirit.

And I had to wonder if there were great roundtable discussions of software developers who pour over the details of computer programing and megabytes and interfacing and adaptability…and ….. they took the time to program in that Holy Spirit is a deeply theological concept and one that should be Holy Spirit and not holy spirit. Did the programmers in Bangalore, India and Shanghai, China, both of where there would be a lesser possibility of the programmer being Christian than say, Silicon Valley, California (although… what AM I thinking? Why should California be any more Christian oriented than Bangalore? I’ve been to seminaries in both places…) take this into account?

In any case, I rather liked it. It gave me an option. It recognized that Holy Spirit is an essential theological concept for some, maybe not for others. It was the simple recognition that even in the midst of the geekiest of geeky things like computer programming; there is the possibility of the Holy Spirit working its wonders.

Which is exactly the sort of thing that the Holy Spirit would do anyway.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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