Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life…. Recently, I was on vacation to my childhood home where there is a piano I am able to practice on. As I was playing through a song book, I was encouraged by this old hymn, “Wonderful Words of Life.” Words have such power both to encourage and to wound. Nothing helps one practice speaking life-giving words more than living within the context of a family. As a single woman, I don’t often have the chance to practice this skill, but when I do, what words come out of my mouth? Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life. Am I building people up around me with words such as “I’m proud of you!” or “Continue to trust our Heavenly Papa” or “I love the way you___!”? Am I wounding folks when I fail to listen, become impatient, or criticize faults? Offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life. I think about going to Slovakia later this week. I will have chance after chance to practice living in community. Will what comes out of my mouth be “wonderful words?” Sweetly echo the gospel call, wonderful words of life. I pray that the words I and others on my team chose to speak will reflect Ephesians 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.