Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Did You Mean To Say That?

aura: noun
1. An invisible breath, emanation, or radiation.
2. A distinctive but intangible quality that seems to surround a person or thing; atmosphere.

aurora: noun
1. A luminous atmospheric phenomenon appearing as streamers or bands of light sometimes visible in the night sky in northern or southern regions of the earth (e.g. the Aurora Borealis, an aurora that occurs in northern regions of the earth, also called the Northern Lights). It is thought to be caused by charged particles from the sun entering the earth's magnetic field and stimulating molecules in the atmosphere.
2. The dawn.

Yesterday, one of the adult workers at Susannah's nursery told Jo that we - Susannah's parents - both had "a lovely aurora" about us...cue images of Northern Lights, halo-like, around my head!

We assume she meant "aura" (2.); but I like what she actually said...

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and deprived generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life..." (Philippians 2:14-16)

"You are the light of the world...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)

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