“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
The generosity and kindness of this church and this community has been amazing to say the least. I am so thankful for all of you who care so deeply about me and my family. My mom fell in love with La Junta and our church when she came to visit. I was thankful that she was able to come to a ReNew service on Wednesday as well as our regular service on Sunday morning.
While death is a certainty for all of us – having a loving community who embraces you, supports you, prays for you, and loves without ceasing, unfortunately is not always a certainty. I wish so deeply that everyone in this world had a community like ours. I imagine the joy and peace we would all find ourselves in.
Our scripture today reminds us how important kind words are. The author tells us that gracious and kind words are sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. How true that is. Many of you reached out to me on FB, texts, calls, and other ways while we were in North Dakota and we felt completely lifted in prayer and love.
As we spent time with my step father and step family one thing became clear about my mom – she was an extremely dutiful well-wisher. She sent cards almost daily to family and friends all across the county. Even in her last week of life she still had written out cards to congratulate family and send cards wishing happy birthday. While she may not have been able to quote Proverbs 16: 24 verbatim; I know my mom lived out this scripture as a mantra.
Again, Jenna and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the love and support you have given us. We will be forever grateful for your kindness. I also pray that you experience the same love and kindness from our church as I have when you needed it. While we are not perfect as a the body of Christ, we are perfectly trying to be the body of Christ.
Pray: Gracious Lord, continue to speak to us in new ways that you are calling us to speak graciously to others so that they may feel your sweetness and gentle healing. May we be instruments of peace and comforting to all we encounter and engage; may our words be like honeycomb.
Read: Ephesians 4:31-32, Ephesians 6:1-5
Act: Give gentle words freely. If you’ve been wondering if you should say something kind, say it. Tell someone how grateful you are for them – it may be the only kind thing they hear this week.
Yourself: Go to a favorite spot with your favorite people and have a picnic. If possible, watch the sunset. If also possible, stay and watch the stars twinkle.
Rev. Lou Ward
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