Dr. Lois Baker was one of my professors of nursing at Cedarville University. She enjoyed using acronyms of some of her favorite and oft-repeated phrases. For example, “TSWC” means “Tell someone who cares”–which sounds a bit curt when you read it, but was always delivered in such a disarming way that she made you smile when she said it.

Her main one was “FWM” which means, “Fearfully and wonderfully made.” You may recognize it from Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Occasionally, when Dr. Baker was lecturing and she was talking about some aspect of the human body, she would close her eyes, look up from her notes and say, “FWM.”

At first, you’re not really sure what to make of her. Is she for real? But the more you got to know her, the more you realized she was leading us in worship–that she was genuinely caught up in the wonder of it all. Those simple pauses, those sacred moments are an essential feature of what it means to experience the Lord through the works of his hands–particularly the miracle of humans. Thank you, Dr. Lois for leading us so well. My children hear me say “FWM” and I can’t wait until I hear them begin repeating it.