Words – a varying
combination of consonants and vowels strung together making a particular sound
that communicates a thought or idea.
Most words are not like a calculus equation that is hard for us to
understand. Rather, we hear and quickly
comprehend words spoken, especially ones in our native tongue. While words are easy to hear and comprehend,
what we may miss is the power that words have on the hearer. Words have the power to convince people to do
things they should or should not do.
Words have the power to persuade others to hold a new or different
opinion. Words can shape our image of
the world. Words can paint a picture of
beauty or ugliness. Words can demean,
shame, or harm self or someone else.
Words can encourage and lift spirits.
Words can start and end wars.
Words can hurt and heal. Words
have power and are powerful things.
During this season of Lent
and Easter, we will consider the last words of Jesus. Some of them were spoken to his friends,
others to strangers, and a few to family.
However, in precious waning moments of Jesus’ life, not a word was
wasted. They all carried weight and
power which we can still experience today.
I invite you to come and join us as we consider the message in these
last words of Jesus. . - Rev. Dr. Jim Hoffman
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