“When someone loves you the way they say your name is different. You just know your name is safe in their mouth.” –Billy, age 5
Ever since I read this quote about ten years ago, I’ve used it as a guide for examining my speech. If I want to love my neighbor and my enemy (and I do), Billy’s standard reveals exactly how well or how poorly I’m doing. I want every name to be safe in my mouth. Even when I’m angry. Disappointed. Fearful about what will happen next.
When we hold others’ names, keeping them safe in our mouths, we reverence them and protect their dignity.
May your name always be safe in my mouth.
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