FOR MONDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 5:12-26
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” (Acts 5:19-20; English Standard Version)
“Sing them over again to me, Wonderful words of life.
Let me more of their beauty see, Wonderful words of life.
Words of life and beauty teach me faith and beauty.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.”
[lyrics by Phillip Bliss]
How many words do you use in a day? How many of those words could be describes as “beautiful” or “wonderful”? Will they be “words of life” and hope and love or will they be words that knock others down and destroy their spirits?
Our words matter. The words that come out of your mouth today, regardless of your intentions, will have an effect on others. While we can’t control how other people react to our words, we can be mindful about how what we say may affect others.
Writer Angie Garrett offers this warning: “Words are beautiful tools, but when improperly wielded, they can be dangerous weapons. Words do, indeed, matter.”
PRAYER: Creating God who spoke our world into being, guard my lips this day so that all my words express the wonder of Your beauty and love. Amen.
[*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Daily Office Lectionary]