The Week of the "R" Words

On my worship walk this morning, I read this verse: 
Let me hear your unfailing love in the morning, 
For I have put my trust in You. 
Show me the way I should walk, 
For to You I lift up my soul (Psalm 143:8).
I was walking in the cool gentle breeze of the morning, and God told me these words:

(before 12th century)
intransitive verb
 1 : to get rest by lying down; especially : SLEEP

 2 : to cease from action or motion : refrain from labor or exertion
 3 : to be free from anxiety or disturbance
 5 : to remain confident : TRUST 〈cannot rest on that assumption〉
7 of farmland : to remain idle or uncropped

reflect  \ri-ˈflekt\  verb
[Middle English, from Latin reflectere to bend back, from re- + flectere to bend] (15th century)
transitive verb
intransitive verb
 2 a : to think quietly and calmly
    b : to express a thought or opinion resulting from reflection
 3 c : to have a bearing or influence
synonymy see THINK

reflection [Middle English, alteration of reflexion, from Late Latin reflexion-, reflexio act of bending back, from Latin reflectere](14th century)

 6 : a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation
 7 : consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose

re•ju•ve•nate  \ri-ˈjü-və-ˌnāt\  verb
re•ju•ve•nat•ed; re•ju•ve•nat•ing
[re- + Latin juvenis young — more at YOUNG]
transitive verb
  1 a : to make young or youthful again : give new vigor to
  b : to restore to an original or new state 〈rejuvenate old cars〉
  2 a : to stimulate (a stream) to renewed erosive activity especially by uplift
  b : to develop youthful features of topography in
intransitive verb
  : to cause or undergo rejuvenescence
synonymy see RENEW
— re•ju•ve•na•tion  \ri-ˌjü-və-ˈnā-shən, ˌrē-\  noun
— re•ju•ve•na•tor  \ri-ˈjü-və-ˌnā-tər\  noun

re•cu•per•ate  \ri-ˈkü-pə-ˌrāt, -ˈkyü-\  verb
re•cu•per•at•ed; re•cu•per•at•ing
[Latin recuperatus, past participle of recuperare — more at RECOVER]
transitive verb
  : to get back : REGAIN
intransitive verb
  : to regain a former state or condition; especially : to recover health or strength
— re•cu•per•a•tion  \-ˌkü-pə-ˈrā-shən, -ˌkyü-\  noun

re•cov•er  \ri-ˈkə-vər\  verb
re•cov•ered; re•cov•er•ing  \-ˈkə-və-riŋ, -ˈkəv-riŋ\ 
[Middle English, from Middle French recoverer, from Latin recuperare, from re- + (assumed) Latin caperare, from Latin capere to take — more at HEAVE]
(14th century)
transitive verb
 1 : to get back : REGAIN
  2 a : to bring back to normal position or condition 〈stumbled, then recovered himself〉
  b archaic : RESCUE
 5 : to find or identify again 〈recover a comet〉
  b : to save from loss and restore to usefulness : RECLAIM
intransitive verb
 1 : to regain a normal position or condition (as of health) 〈recovering from a cold〉

re•fo•cus  \(ˌ)rē-ˈfō-kəs\ 
(circa 1865)
transitive verb
 1 : to focus again
 2 : to change the emphasis or direction of 〈had refocused his life〉
intransitive verb
 1 : to focus something again
 2 : to change emphasis or direction

romp intransitive verb
[alteration of 1ramp]
 1 : to run or play in a lively, carefree, or boisterous manner
 2 : to move or proceed in a brisk, easy, or playful manner

read  \ˈrēd\  verb
read  \ˈred\ ; read•ing  \ˈrē-diŋ\ 
[Middle English reden to advise, interpret, read, from Old English r+̄dan; akin to Old High German rātan to advise, Sanskrit rādhnoti he achieves, prepares]
(before 12th century)


(Of course, it means the old fashioned read a book too, but that was one of the "R" words, He gave me, and I liked this definition too.)

re•joice  \ri-ˈjȯis\  verb
re•joiced; re•joic•ing
[Middle English, from Middle French rejoiss-, stem of rejoir, from re- + joir to rejoice, from Latin gaudēre — more at JOY [Middle English, from Old French joie, from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium, from gaudēre to rejoice; probably akin to Greek gēthein to rejoice](13th century)
  1 a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : DELIGHT
  b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : GAIETY
 2 : a state of happiness or felicity : BLISS
 3 : a source or cause of delight

(14th century)
transitive verb
  : to give joy to : GLADDEN
intransitive verb
  : to feel joy or great delight
— re•joic•er noun
— re•joic•ing•ly  \-ˈjȯi-siŋ-lē\  adverb
— rejoice in

Merriam-Webster, I. (1996). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.


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