By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: Books, a newspaper, a crossword puzzle.
Today let’s talk about words. It’s exciting when a baby begins to make sounds and tries to talk. The first words are usually “mama” or “dada.” If you have a little brother or sister in your home you probably have heard this. The baby is trying to communicate – make a connection with others.
As you grow older you begin to recognize words in printed form and soon you are reading. Wow, how exciting is that? Now the world of books is open to you and you can read wonderful stories, learn about animals, plants, mountains, rivers, and also learn about people who live in different parts of the world.
Some people love words and become writers. Others enjoy working crossword puzzles or learning a new word every day.
Words are important and powerful. Words allow us to let others know how we feel. Words allow us to learn about new things. Words can delight us when we hear them sung, or when we read poetry or a wonderful story.
This is what the people of Nazareth said about the words that Jesus spoke: “All testified (spoke well) about him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth…” (4:22).
Gracious is a word that means kind and caring. Jesus chose words that were kind and people could tell by his words that he cared about them.
The same is true for each one of us. We can choose kind words to let others know we care. We can choose kind words that will bring joy to others. Words are powerful. Choose them well.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan