Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. Proverbs 18:20-21
I am pretty good with words. At times, I do not choose them wisely. Other times, I leave unsaid that which should have been said. On occasion, I even say the right word at the right time.
Words are more powerful that money, sex, power, bullets, or achievements. Word can build up or tear down. Usually, the more we talk the greater the possibility of tearing down things. Well chosen words can come straight from the heart.
God calls Jesus his Word (John 1) and tells us his word never returns to him empty (Isaiah 55:11.) I think that means God's word will build up and will not be stopped, even if our poorly chosen words detour God's will for a bit.
One word said can lift a spirit. One word unsaid can withhold the very breath another needs to thrive.
Today, both choose your words wisely and leave none of the life giving words you have left unsaid. Take no one for granted. May you hear great words yourself.
The Rev. Jim Liberatore, Rector
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church