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March 29


We begin in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In Mark (7:15) Jesus says," There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile."

Meditate:

Words are powerful and they come from within us. Our speech, for better or worse, can either build up others or attack them; build up the kingdom of God or attack it. We might want to dismiss the power of words, but all we need do is look to our histories.

Throughout history, often before massive death is incurred, propaganda starts. People would listen to the hateful speech of a leader, and then they would act (or not act) based on that leaders' words. "They are just words," people would say, but those words wormed their way into nations' minds, allowing callousness, cruelty, and murder to grow unchecked.

At the same time, the words of great men and women inspired nations to work toward equality and justice. Their words moved individuals to action and change. Even in our personal lives, we can all think of those healing words of a dear friend. We can also remember the cruel taunts of bully. Words are impactful.

Words come from within us, and once they are released into the world, they live. Within each of us is the potential for great harm or the gift of great grace and healing. We must choose our words carefully because our hearts, our souls, and even our lives depend upon our words.

Let us pray:

Lord give us clean hearts, words, and actions so we may build up the Kingdom of God and our world.  Enable our voices to speak of justice, Truth, peace, and healing and may our actions back up our words and lead others to You. Amen

With open hearts to speak with truth of God's love we move into our day in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.