Date: Wednesday, April 23
Scripture: John 1:1-5, 14
Verse: He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. (John 1:2-3a)
“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Physically that is true. But emotionally? No. Words have power. When strung together by a master artist, they can change the world for the better. When put together clumsily, we have seen them end the careers of politicians, have celebrities fall out of favor, and even damage our interpersonal relationships. Words can uplift us or hurt us — especially when they come from the people who love us most.
When God creates in Genesis 1, he simply speaks things into being. For example, “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Throughout the creation story, God speaks, “Let there be…” and whatever he calls into being appears. In today’s reading, as John begins to tell the story of Jesus, he points back to the creation story, telling us the Word, the language through which God spoke the universe into being, is embodied in Jesus. Jesus is the creative Word in the flesh.
God’s words create, they do not destroy. God’s words lift others up, they do not put them down. God’s words offer healing and strength, not broken bones, emotions, or anything else. As followers of Christ, we should embody him, the creative word of God, by using our words to make our world and the people in our lives better.
Prayer: Fill my mouth, Holy Spirit, so my words might embody God’s creative power. Amen.
Action: Pay attention to what you say in the day ahead. When are you building up, and when are you tearing down?
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