Words do things. They spur us to action. They make us smile and cry. Sometimes I have not always realized the power that words have.
I found myself crying recently when I heard some words that in the past had brought me comfort. In the Hebrew Bible, there is a place where the author of Isaiah looks ahead to a time of peace. Wolves will live with lambs. Calves and lions will lay down together. And, the author adds, ‘They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain’ (Isaiah 11:9 NRSV). There was a time in my life when those words left me picturing holiday cards with gentle animals on the front wishing us well.
These days, though, I do not picture holiday cards…
– excerpted from the article “Words Can Do Great Good”
in today’s Indianapolis Star. Read more here.