The power of life and death is in the tongue. -- Proverbs 18:21

Words... What a treasure! We create, share or use them in so many ways. Stories, poems, letters, journal notes, diary entries... conversations, readings, songs, prayers and exclamations - how many worlds of thought and emotion our words can contain! Whether joy or grief, dreams or sorrows, it is through words that our hearts find expression.

Sometimes it seems we underestimate the power of our words. Perhaps it is because we have become accustomed to treating them superficially. We speak hastily, not recognizing that others will hold us into account for the words we have spoken so glibly. Unless we are careful, and often we are not, we can injure others with a mean spirited remark, or ill advised gossip.

But the power to bring healing and restoration is ours as well. "I'm sorry," is powerful. "I was wrong. Will you forgive me?" These words have great power. "I appreciate you," is also potent. Who doesn't feel taken for granted and unappreciated once in a while?

Today I spoke many words. Did I use my words to bring healing and hope to others? Was I sensitive to the power of my speaking today?

Tomorrow I will think twice before I speak hurtful words. I will not hold back when it is in my power to speak words that heal and give hope.