I heard a story about a husband and wife who were getting ready for bed one night. The wife was standing in front of a big mirror and taking a long hard look at herself.
She said to her husband, "You know, dear, I look in the mirror, and I see that my face is all wrinkled. I have flabby legs, and my arms are all flabby and my hair is gray."
Then, after saying that, she turned to her husband and said, "Honey, tell me something positive to help me to feel better about myself."
He thought about it for a couple of minutes and then said in a soft, thoughtful voice, "Well, honey, there's nothing wrong with your eyesight."
Funeral services for the husband will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 at the church.
I guess the point of the story is that we need to be careful with our words. We need to be careful because our words can help, or our words can hurt.
May our prayer today be that of the writer of the 19th Psalm, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)