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Submitted by Brad Schultz

Have you ever created a WORDLE? If not, you basically paste writings (paragraphs, articles, etc…) onto the site and it generates an image made up of words. The size of the word in the image is determined by the number of times the word is used in the writings. Superfluous words like “the” or “an” are typically excluded from the image.  This is an interesting way to identify patterns in writing by specific people or groups of people. If you were to create a WORDLE for the entire Bible, it would look like this:

I read an article somewhat recently about a WORDLE that was created using all of the obituaries in the New York Times over the past few years. I found this interesting because the few words used in an obituary are attempting to capture an individual’s lifetime achievement. Two words stood out as the largest within the WORDLE created from these obituaries. One was “John”– nothing too significant here. There are just a lot of people with the name John. However, the other word that stood out was “Help.” What a great word to stand out amongst the other words used to describe a life well lived. The lives highlighted in these obituaries made a positive impact in the world and were remembered for it because they helped. This is an amazing lesson for all of us, but we at Cross Schools will use it specifically to allow our students to see the need and the lasting effects of helping --- because when it is all said and done that is what people will remember.

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:40


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