Marla at Coffee Shop Journal turned me on to Wordle. Wordle describes itself as a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

This Sunday in our worship series, “What Do You Love About Jesus?” we will be focusing upon the idea of grace. One of the most significant texts on grace in the New Testament is found in Ephesians 2:8-10:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. “

These are familar words to many in the church and I know that at times I can become too familar with certain texts of Scripture – too familar in the sense that I miss the power, beauty, mystery, majesty and well, grace that they contain. I wordled (is that a word) Ephesians 2:8-10 and the image in this post is what Wordle generated (click here for a larger view).

It has been interesting to see how this simple tool has captured my attention today and helped me “see” God’s word in a new light. perhaps you will see something fresh as well.

Stay connected…


  1. Marla Saunders says:

    Wordle is a word now! Neat idea, putting in a verse. I need to try that.

    It looks really good, by the way.

  2. Very cool indeed! Something about the juxtaposed words lets the life of them jump out at you in a new way.

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