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In the meantime, we will continue to offer our 'Sunrise' daily reflection so please do continue to check back each day, for a short encouragement.
''Feathers In My Pillow”
There is an old Jewish story that tells of an elderly man who told a little boy to go to the village square and rip open two pillows full of feathers and shake the feathers out. The little boy was confused, but thought it would be fun. He was then instructed to gather up all the feathers and put them back into the pillows. There’s no surprise that he couldn’t do it. Every time he tried to gather the feathers up they floated in to the air and drifted in all directions. After much time the tired and defeated little boy sat down on the ground. ‘I can’t gather them all up. It’s just impossible to get all the feathers back’. The old man came and sat beside him looking at the village square now covered in feathers. ‘These feathers are just like gossip and cruel words. Once spoken they are out there and can never be taken back’.
The Bible puts it like this, ‘"The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing". Proverbs 12:18
God hates it when we choose words to hurt, slander, insult and destroy. He wants us to use our words to bring encouragement, support, understand and blessing. Isn’t life tough enough without the addition of cruel words?
Paul wrote a whole chapter on the importance of love…
‘Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love’.
Maybe we should all pause before we speak and ask ourselves, ‘Am I speaking the truth? Am I being kind? Are my words uplifting and encouraging? Will the person I’m speaking about be blessed by my words?’ If not, then let’s keep those ‘feathers in the pillow’ and help eachother get through this sometimes tough and crazy journey called life
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