It seems that the days of eloquent letter-writing and moving oratory have largely passed. And, with the passing of these times, the immense power of words has been forgotten. Civility has gone out the window. Hurtful words are thrown around carelessly – often aided by the anonymity of the internet. Thomas Merton, one of my favorite gurus, offers some timeless wisdom on the power of words.
Speak words of hope. Be human in this most inhuman of ages. Guard the image of man for it is the image of God.
Every time we open our mouths or type out our thoughts, we have the power to spread hope – or not.
Let’s choose hope.
Start today – with even just one person. Ask God to lead you to the person and give you the words of encouragement that this person needs to hear. Maybe it’s a family member, friend, or stranger – be open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in finding that person and speaking the uplifting words they need to hear.
2 thoughts on “Spread Hope”
I just read “I’m Having a Hard Time Sitting….” Thanks for your honesty about how painful this all is. My mom has dementia, my dad has cancer metastasized to his bones, my best friend is dying as her brain degenerates… It’s not a pretty time, and today is excruciating. I feel guilty for being so angry this morning – but I think it’s easier for the moment than being sad to the very marrow of my being. When I read how others have braved the journey, it helps me.
Your message brings tears to my eyes. What an excruciating time. I am so sorry you are going through all of this right now. I will be lifting you up in prayer.