If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, his religion is vain. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:26-27 If only, when … Continue reading True Religion and the Unbridled Tongue
Insults and epithets abound in today's culture and seem socially acceptable in many circles. Now more than ever, it's important to hold ourselves accountable to high standards of speech and to teach our children to do the same. Cherise Mericle Harper's The Invisible Mistakecase is a sweet and humorous tale about a grandpa who helps … Continue reading Big Pink Baby Name-calling and The Invisible Mistakecase
Silence is golden. This proverb was first recorded in 1848, but it comes from a much older saying: Speech is silver, but silence is golden. We need silence to hear God's still, small voice. We need silent pauses in our conversation to allow another's voice to respond. We need silence to think, to reflect. Silence … Continue reading Silence. Golden.
"It only took one little lie to separate you and me. Oh, we are not as strong as we think we are..." One little lie. One futile attempt to solve a problem with a sin, to create a false reality with deceitful words. Rich Mullins reminds us of love's fragility. "When you love, you walk … Continue reading Rich Mullins: We Are Not as Strong as We Think We Are
"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 I read this quote on a greeting card about ten years ago and I never forgot its words of wisdom. I've used it ever since as a guide for examining … Continue reading May Your Name Be Safe in My Mouth
A few weeks into the new year, I check the liturgical calendar for Ash Wednesday's date and begin pondering a focus for Lent. Though the Lenten season feels long and challenging, I've gradually come to love the season famous for “giving something up.” Why do I love Lent, with its penitential preparation for Holy Week … Continue reading An Invitation from a Babbling Brook: Focus on Speech and Silence