Nourishing Words

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Here’s to words:

Spoken with confidence and beauty, rich and full, the voice gives words a second life, driving the point into our hearts and minds.

Unkind words, stabbed into us, imprinted in our memory. The ones we dare not say to anyone else because we’ve learned . . . they hurt. These are words that give us courage to stand up for someone else who’s suffering under their weight.

Words of invitation that we speak to ourselves to welcome the light back inside. Words of rejection that refuse to make the same mistake twice.

Gentle words to lullaby us. Soothing and mellifluous, they deliver their message, soft as baby’s hair, and comfort us in our trouble.

Here’s to words:

Words we use to repair breaches between fellow souls. Sometimes they heal, and sometimes they’re a fire iron to stir up dying embers that must be addressed.

Whispered words. Secrets of childhood. Secrets of adulthood. Secrets of love. Some dance across our lips like magic, others flow from our mouth like wine, and some press themselves against us and dance, holding us just-so.

Aesthetically pleasing words with letters that play together like lovers, regardless of meaning—cellar door, petrichor, iridescent, aurora—pampering our din-worn ears and making them grateful for life.

Here’s to Words:

Sentimental words from our past that live as landmarks inside of us.

The ones that inform. Who, in wizened voices, give us history, tradition, and suffering. They warn, encourage, and lift up, while they give deep roots to steady us.

Written words, held in place on smooth paper with ink. Someone’s mind waiting to be opened, breathed in, and read. They connect us with another human being we may never meet in the flesh.

With our words, honest and useful, we hold the broken-hearted, stir up the complacent, temper the zealous, and serve as a fire for someone left in the cold. We nourish with love, wisdom, hope, bravery, peace, passion, righteous anger, and joy.

May our words, whether simple or complex, thought-provoking or light, silly, serious, or angry, be nourishing, effective, and fruitful.

The heart of the wise man instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:23-24 NIV)

What are some words that have nourished you?

Sarah Joy Green-Hart

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4 comments

  1. Mellifluous words sounded in the forest sometimes awaken spirits who kindle dying embers, ash of mischief. Shall I dare to speak on dry days when ghosts are about, chattering, waiting for a lost soul?

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  2. “With our words, honest and useful, we hold the broken-hearted, stir up the complacent, temper the zealous, and serve as a fire for someone left in the cold. We nourish with love, wisdom, hope, bravery, peace, passion, righteous anger, and joy.”

    Wonderfully said, Sarah.

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