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The enduring power of the written word

agatha doctorContinuing my rerun adventures through David Tennant’s Doctor Who, I was delighted to be impressed all over again with the Agatha Christie episode, The Unicorn and the Wasp (4/7).

Having grown up in a house where Agatha’s adventures lined several bookshelves I enjoyed all the references to her book titles that were so cleverly woven through the plot.

With Mrs Christie, Donna and the Doctor ‘solve’ both the murder mystery committed by the alien Vespiform (“At the Vicar’s rage!”) and Agatha’s real life disappearance. For me the Doctor’s final comments about the enduring power of Christie’s  written words are most significant.

DOCTOR: The thing is, I don’t think she ever quite forgot. Great mind like that, some of the details kept bleeding through. All the stuff her imagination could use. Like, Miss Marple.
DONNA: I should have made her sign a contract.
DOCTOR: And, where is it, where is it, hold on. Here we go.
(He pulls up a deck plate and gets out an old wooden chest.)
DOCTOR: C. That is C for Cybermen, C for Carrionites, (the green ball, a head of Caesar), and Christie, Agatha. Look at that.
(A 1957 paperback edition of Death in the Clouds with a wasp on the cover.)
DONNA: She did remember.
DOCTOR: Somewhere in the back of her mind, it all lingered. And that’s not all. Look at the copyright page.
DONNA: Facsimile edition, published in the year five billion!
DOCTOR: People never stop reading them. She is the best selling novelist of all time.
DONNA: But she never knew.
DOCTOR: Well, no one knows how they’re going to be remembered. All we can do is hope for the best. Maybe that’s what kept her writing. Same thing keeps me travelling. Onwards?
DONNA: Onwards.

As we bloggers blog on, filling the web with an intricate pattern made of trillions of words, we can hope that somehow our words will have an impact, that they will endure. Indeed, this is what keeps us writing.

Yet even Agatha Christie’s artful words (and ours!) seem insignificant when stacked up beside the Living Word, Jesus, the living message and revelation of our Creator. Through creation, the internet, His Word, His Church, His Spirit, God still speaks. His enduring Word God is heard! His Word is turning hearts back to Himself and bring eternal life! If we are true to His Word, the impact of our few and feeble words can still be great! Just keep on writing.

If you want to read more about best selling novelist Agatha Christie you can visit her official website here.

And just incase you want to watch that great detox scene again, here it is:

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About sevennotesofgrace

The author musing here about music, grace and God goes by the name of Ros. I have a husband (married 24 yrs) and three daughters. I've been many things over the years, particularly a mother, high school teacher, church music director and women's ministry co-ordinator. Now I'm back to teaching high school English full-time. All these experiences have come to me from God's gracious hand, and each day I try to remember that! I live in a home among many gum trees in Brisbane Australia. Our extended family includes a white Maremma dog named Mia, two kittens, Simon and Catniss, and one chickens. Why “seven notes of grace”? The grace refers to God’s grace, which He offers to unworthy people like myself. We can freely receive His forgiveness and love. Music is another gracious gift to us: our ability to create, play, sing, communicate with and enjoy it. So the seven refers to the seven notes of the musical scale (yes there are seven, count them A to G) and the notes refers to writing (text and music) and musical notes. I was very relieved when this original blog title finally came to me, which encapsulates so many different aspects of who I am, a musical sinner saved by grace! http://sevennotesofgrace.com/

One comment on “The enduring power of the written word

  1. […] Doctor traps them in a glass ball – which interestingly makes an appearance at the end of the Agatha Christie episode (4/7). This is another story which highlights the power of words! (The Doctor has kept them hidden […]

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