Archive for January, 2016

Words Matter

January 24, 2016

“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.”  Proverbs 17:27

“. . . Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry . . .” James 1:19

Our words matter. Words harm or heal; invite hate or love, fear or hope.  Our words define us and our relationships.  They direct us to evil or good.  Save us O Lord from the words that hurt and discourage, that inflame and fester.  Help us O Lord to use the words that heal.

 “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5


Why Jesus?

January 12, 2016

“… to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the paths of peace.” Matt. 1:79

“The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood.”  John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness feels safe, the shadows fascinate, and the drama of conflict holds our attention captive.  Free us O Lord and lead us to peace.