by Jeannie Ward, West District Lay Leader

Those sounds, formed by linking letters together, can create many different emotions. Some words can be hurtful – some loving – some disparaging – some calming – some painful – some healing – some that we wish we had not spoken – some we wish we had shared with someone who is no longer in our lives.

Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
                       keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Proverb 16:24 “Gracious words are a honeycomb,
                         sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away,
                          but my words will never pass away.”

I have chosen just three scriptures that touched my heart, but there are, seemingly, hundreds of scriptures regarding how we need to be aware of what we say to others… and, how we ‘speak’ to God. Also, we can find words that have been left for us, in both the Old and New Testaments, as ‘tools’ we can utilize as guidance.

Think of family situations that need calm and wise words; leadership roles that must keep the ‘team’ cohesive and moving in the same direction. CONNECTION is a very important word in our relationship with our Christian sisters and brothers. As we start this new year, 2022 and going forward, may we look around and start discussions on how to connect to one another and speak ‘words’ that can bring us closer together.

Always stay humble and kind,

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Author: Jeannie Ward

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