Ever felt at a loss for words? If so, why? Likely fear knotting your tongue so the words can’t slide by. Or worry clogging the back of your throat so the thoughts won’t escape. And despair coating the phrases until they shrivel and die.
I recently shared a beautiful poem “Prayers Like Shoes” written by Ruth Forman. I found her words so intriguing, so inspiring I ordered a whole book of them. Her words bring the words stored in my head and heart to life! They dance and sing and rally to be known! One little slice of her poetic pie sends my thoughts into the meeting room to ready themselves for launch. This one especially titled The Air Above Our Tongues:
We do not speak, afraid
of what might happen to us
the air above our tongues
prays for us to speak, afraid
of what might happen
if we don’t
Fear, worry, despair are powerful inhibitors to what we want to say, what may well need to be said. Fear that we’ll be judged for, worry that we’ll be alienated because of, despair that we won’t accomplish anything with our words. But the world and we who walk in it may well need to hear what you have to say!
If you have thoughts about how we might strengthen our connection as a family of faith in these difficult times, speak up! If you have feelings being separated from loved ones near and far, dare to share! If you imagine possibilities for serving our community, do tell! We have a greater power available to us:“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” (I John 4:18)