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Pastor’s Pen May 25, 2017

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”  Proverbs 25:11

I know quiet people who seldom speak unless they have something to say. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people. My mother said I was born talking, and a visiting relative hearing my chatter before I could walk, told my mother, “You’ll never be lonely again.”

You may not know it from my running, extroverted commentary, but I actually bite my tongue and sit on my hands sometimes to keep from speaking. We may over-ride our internal wisdom, but most of us can tell when it would be best to with-hold what we’re really thinking so that quieter voices can be heard. Knowing when to speak and what to say and when to keep silent is so much harder than we think.

In a culture of increasing blather, simplicity of speech holds great power. Instead of a devotional for the day or even a thought for the day, perhaps a word for the day will do. Jesus taught his followers:

Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.” Simple, clear, honest speech refreshes the hearer and avoids using language to manipulate others for personal gain.

Our speech is a gift from God to build up others including our families and our community of faith. Our words salt the earth with hope and peace. Our silences deepen relationships in trust. Just for today:

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

Prayer: God of Life, you spoke your Word into the world in truth and light. Grant us a clear mind, a strong heart and a clean word this day, that we might thereby encourage others for your pleasure. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland