The Burning Censer
Words have power to change a life or to destroy that life. This is a truth that I have recently become aware of and I hope that in the following pages of poetry, prayers and wisdom you will find words that will inspire, and encourage you.
I remember a time when I was in a line at a market, and there was a mother and her little five year old girl in front of me. The little girl was smiling at everyone and you could tell that she had a wonderful, bright spirit. The mother was obviously tired and feeling very harried and when the clerk made a comment as to how beautiful the girl was the mother (I'm sure without thinking) said "You want her? You can have her!" It broke my heart to see the confusion and hurt on the face of this beautiful little girl, for of course, she took her mother's words literally and the mother did not even have a clue that she had hurt her little girl so.
In the past couple of months I have realized that one word spoken in anger or without thought, can wound a life, possibly beyond repair. We need to speak with wisdom and love to the people around us and to be aware of the effects of our words. I don't mean to say that you should never be angry or harsh, for there is a time and a place for these things, I mean that we should consider our words, realize the power they have and use them wisely.
If you have any poetry, prayers or words of wisdom that have touched your life, or have written any, I offer a way for you to share them here. Please send them to me by e-mail and I will consider them for these pages with full credit given. Be sure to add the author and, or source with them.
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