Our words are important. Scripture cautions us against the use of idle, thoughtless, and course words. Words can build up of tear down. Words can be creative. God’s word brought the heavens and earth into being. Jesus, God’s most gracious word to us, redeemed and gave us life.(John 1:1-5) By the grace of the Lord the pastor is allowed to speak words of freedom to the congregation, “I declare unto you the entire forgiveness of all of your sins”. Our own words can covey life to another. A simple greeting, a word of appreciation, or maybe “forgive me, I’m sorry”, or “I love you”. Sometimes we must speak a difficult word of truth, but it is spoken for the good of the hearer.(Ephesians 4:15) St. Paul advises us that what we say “is (to be) helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.(4:29) You will meet a number of people today. Let your words share God’s grace with them.