Lent 2021: Words by Marie Day
“I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”
- Psalm 39:1
March 18, 2021
An unknown poet wrote:
A careless word may kindle strife: a cruel word may wreck a life.
A bitter word may hate instill; a brutal word may smile and kill.
A gracious word may smooth the way; a joyous word may light the way; a joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress, a loving word may heal and bless.
In scripture, we read that “No man can tame the tongue.” Well, if it cannot be done, you ask, “How am I supposed to do it?” By pausing before you speak, cultivating a sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit
within you, and drawing on its power. By reminding yourself that once a word has left your lips it can never be taken back, and all the apologies in the world will not alter that.
The Bible says abstaining from food “fasting,” has a spiritual cleansing effect. It draws us closer to God and it strengthens and sharpens us. So, may I suggest a verbal fast during this Lenten Season. Instead of your tongue doing the leading and you doing the following, let your mouth become Spirit guided.
Prayer: Dear Lord, during this Lenten season help me to stop before I speak and to let my mouth be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Trustee Marie Day
The members and friends of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
have written their devotions and reflections on the impact of the season of Lent
in their lives. Each testimony in the booklet is a personal reflection of their experiences.
We welcome you on this journey with us as we discuss our sacrifices and hope
that some aspect of the scripture, reflections, or prayers will inspire you as you
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