Grace. Peace. God. Faithfulness. Trust. Happiness. Joy. Jesus. Holy. Spirit. These are a few of my favorite words. If you like word association games, these words might evoke a whole world of other words for you. Or even if you don't play word association in your mind, there are certain words that bring about a sense of calm for you. Think for a moment what those words might be. Words that sincerely encourage others seem to have a life of their own.
Words are powerful, which is why advertisers choose their words very carefully. A lot of advertising comes to us in the imperative: "Drink Coca-Cola" is a good example. "Just do it" say the Nike sport clothing ads. Do we feel compelled to respond in the affirmative? The advertisers would love that.
Today I want to offer a few of my favorite words which ask for no response, but which leave me feeling good every time: "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 1:2)
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek