Monday, September 20, 2010

Thraldoms Among Us


It's not terribly rare for a word to grip me; to set it's hook and begin reeling me in like a snookered trout or bass.
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Thus I'm not surprised the word thraldom snagged me in this fashion, though today I'm not certain where I found it, or in what context it was applied. All I know is that it's been an interruptive force ever since.
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That is ... until this morning.
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I paid a visit to Merriam and a few other Word Specialists; and here's what I learned, beginning with the word's root = thrall. It means:
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1a : a servant slave : bondman; serf
1b: a person in moral or mental servitude
2a: a state of servitude or submission
2b: a state of complete absorption
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Likely the light bulb's gone off for you, as it did me.
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Funny how easy it is to connect the dots when we find out our pet words have relatives. We can easily deduce that thrall and enthralled are somehow related.
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But here's the deal ... enthralled - unlike the concept we typically apply to it (ie., mesmerized) - is actually to be held in slavery.
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Oh, that's not to say it's all bad. Certainly we can be taken hostage like this by certain songs, or scenes from nature, or compelling scents (like a baby's breath).
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It is to say that one held in this manner is a thraldom, one held in bondage, and under the control of some person or some thing.
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Alas, relief sets in. I'm no longer a thraldom to thraldom! Thank you, Merriam!
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However ... I'm now wondering: What else makes me a thraldom, and is it as noble as I'd like to think?
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I hate it when that happens.
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Don't you know that
when you offer yourselves
to someone to obey him as slaves,
you are slaves (thraldoms) to
the one whom you obey
—whether you are slaves to sin,
which leads to death,
or to obedience,
which leads to righteousness?
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But thanks be to God that,
though you used to be slaves to sin,
you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching
to which you were entrusted.
You have been set free from sin and
have become slaves (a thraldom) to righteousness.
Romans 6:16-18
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18 comments:

LisaShaw said...

Powerful Kathleen! Thank you for always causing me to ponder and dig deep!

Love you.

Diana said...

Awesome words for this morning! Have a blessed Monday, Kathleen.

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Such deep thinking . . . and thank you . . . we are no longer slaves to sin!!!
Praise God my friend. Praise God.
Blessings,
Bren

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

Yes, indeed, "I hate it when that happens." Thanks for the profound education of thraldom. The way you wrote about it was like the tantazling hook that was just irrestible to NOT bite. You reeled me in and I now have food for thought. Thanks for the nourishment, I think. :)

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Love new words! Thanks for sharing this one. Now I have to practice it in daily conversation.

RCUBEs said...

Never heard about the term. Thank you for explaining what it means. Now, I won't feel intimidated whenever I come across this, knowing that true freedom comes from the Lord. God bless.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i love how you always make me think! you cause me to dig deeper and deeper my friend!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathleen -

I'll never be able to see the word, "enthralled," without thinking of this post. I don't want to be "enthralled" with anyone or anything except Jesus.

Blessings,
Susan

Just a little something from Judy said...

How easily it can happen. How consuming it can be to be held captive by our thoughts of others or events or happenings in life. This spoke to me today. I was never introduced to the concept of "thraldom" although it was often a part of my life unknowingly. I wish you could see how God uses you to open my eyes to areas He needs to work on in my life. I also wish you could see how much concentration it takes on my part to read your blog:) Always a blessing!

Rebecca said...

This is a new one to me (not enthralled, but thraldom). It even gets an underline in my spellcheck!

Was it in Galatians where Paul wondered (out loud/on paper) why the believers were SO readily tempted to return to thraldom???

May it not be so with me. Heads up, Rebecca!

Sonja said...

I am just wondering Kathleen, if I should start a 'Sassy Grannictionary' on the side, just so I will remember all of these new words that you use to reel me in... and every one of them are both profound and thought provoking, not to mention convicting!!

Keep em coming... your ability and gift of 'getting to the core' is truly God given, and I love it!!

Debbie said...

I love my sister Sonja's comment above. :)

You always keep me up on my vocabulary Kathleen. Thank you for that. I appreciate it.

Love you,
Debbie

Karen Lange said...

Very good. I learn so much here, always.
Thanks and blessings,
Karen :)

Beth E. said...

I'm so glad you went to Merriam for us...I've never heard of thraldom (can hardly say it, either)!

I feel a little better reading some of the other comments. At least I'm not the only one who is stretched and challenged with my vocabulary! "Sassy Grannictionary" has a nice ring to it! ;-)

Thank you for the many lessons you weave into your posts, Kathleen. You are an inspiration to me!

Hugs...

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

And the "King is enthralled by my beauty..." (Ps. 45:11)

I rather like thinking about him being attached to me in this way.


Great pondering, Sassy.

peace~elaine

Shirley said...

I wonder what things might be holding me as a slave to them...

Andrea said...

Certainly makes one re-evaluate what we are "enthralled" with!

Blessings and prayers,
andrea

PS: Thank you for your sweet comments on Arise 2 Write, lately.

KelliGirl said...

Being a person whose emotions are tied to the weather I soaked up this post. How rich and deep your exploration of clouds. Who knew? The Bible is endlessly fascinating. Thanks for your perseverance on the topic.

As our forecast predicts a week of rain, I'll view those clouds with a new perspective.

Kathleen, you are a deep fount of abundant blessings!

BTW...I'm traveling to Seattle in a couple weeks. I seem to be following you!