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March 29

Elementary:

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

Do you speak well of others or put them down?

Words are powerful. Our words can either build up others or attack them; we can speak of love or hate, peace or war. We might want to dismiss the power of words, but all we have to do is look to history.

Throughout history, many people would listen to the hateful speech of their leader, and then they would act (or not act) based on that leaders' words. "They are just words," people would say, but those words entered a country's mind, allowing cruelty and violence to grow.

At the same time, the words of great men and women inspired nations towards greatness. We can all remember the healing words of a loving friend. We may also have experienced the cruel insults of bully. Words are important.

This Lent let us pray:

Lord give us words full of love and healing and may our actions back up our words. 
Jesus, help our voices to speak of justice, Truth, peace and healing and lead others to You. Amen.

Open to live with hearts of love we move into our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.​

High School: 

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."

Words are powerful and they come out from 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 have to do is look to history.

Throughout history, often before the murder of a people, propaganda started. People would listen to the hateful speech of their 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.

At the same time, the words of great men and women inspired nations to work toward equality. Their words moved individuals to change or to act. 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 important.

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.