Good Folks, it is Friday, August 7, 2015.
I will admit that I have not done this exercise, but I have no idea how many emails I receive on a given day or week. I just know that it is more than I can manage and I appreciate all the information sent; however, I do notice certain emails that have unique signatures with unfamiliar saying attached. One that recently came to me read like this: There is a grace of kind listening, as well as a grace of kind speaking. (Frederick William Faber)
I have never read the phrase kind listening or kind speaking. I am familiar with the old adage, “If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything.” Or the one that is familiar in small communities “be careful what you say about a particular individual. You might be talking to their cousin.” [This advice came as soon as I entered the city limits of Brazoria, Texas.]
James writes to the church in diaspora these words, “but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:8 (NRSV) Yet, the Apostle Paul mentions in Philippians, “and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11) Or, Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, “For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.’” (Romans 14:11) Paul is quoting Isaiah 45:23 in verse 11.
We began with the words of Fredrick William Faber and we end with the Apostle Paul, never forgetting that the first words of Christ from the cross were words of forgiveness, words of grace. So, make an effort to do kind listening and kind speaking. I have to remember that I could be the one that is heard kindly and spoke to kindly…and there will be many times that will make all the difference in my life.
See you Sunday.
Blesssssssssings from Duncanville,