“Words are to be taken seriously. I try to take seriously acts of language. Words set things in motion. I’ve seen them doing it. Words set up atmospheres, electrical fields, charges.”Toni Cade Bambara. The late African-American author, documentary film-maker, social activist, and college professor.

Lord knows we need more thinking before we speak in this world. Scriptures are filled with the advice to be a person of few words. It also suggests they come directly from the heart.

Hurtful words said in anger were dangerous weapons my father kept in his hip pocket. They eventually broke down a 38 year marriage and broke my dear mother’s heart. His old age was one large albatross as a result of their divorce.

What an enormous tragedy. My own father died a broken man.

3 thoughts on “Words

  1. How sad! I thought at once of how many times James the apostle and Jesus’ brother warns us on our speech. Did he at times speak harshly against his brother before he came to know him as Lord? Only the Holy Spirit can tame our tongues.

    James 3:5-8 (ESV): “So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

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