Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19; Psalms 71:1-6,15-17; I Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-30
In a weekly newspaper column, the editor invited seventy-five fourth and fifth graders to submit the words they most like to hear from their mother. Here are the five big winners, repeated over and over by almost all the kids:
• I love you.
• Time to eat.
• You can go.
• You can stay up late.
Surely, there are no better-sounding words from a mother to her child than “I love you.” And we can get a sense of this in the Book of Proverbs: “Like apples of gold in a silver setting is a word that is aptly spoken.” (Pr. 25:11).
In our everyday words, great eloquence, likened to gold and silver may be too much to ask for. But I for one long for the time when our general discourse was conducted on a somewhat higher level than it is today. In messages conveyed to us virtually every minute of the day —…
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