Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color. – W. S. Merwin This is one of my favorite quotes. There have been a few people that affected my life in this way. My Grandmother Verna Smith, my dad David Cox and my granddaughters Hannah and Leah.
Words can help us see into anothers pain. Words can cause others pain. Some words inspire and help people connect while others tear apart and make us feel invisable. Proverbs 15:1ESV A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
James 1:26ESV If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Psalm 141:3ESV Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
Luke 8:13-16ESV And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.
In the Bible it talks about the Word, meaning Jesus and how he was God and with God. Many think the Bible is full of don’t do this and don’t do that but if read and applied with love in your life you see how it actually is a guide to living with love, patience, kindness and wisdom. We that have heard the word and love it are to follow him and keep ourselves away from sin but knowing that we are sinful we are not to be mean to others that do not make the same decision but to love them because He loved us while we were yet sinners.