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Daily Devotional for April 21

April 21                                                              Luke 7:1-17


                   I held the letter, shaken
                       And wondered how many
                  Of my own careful markings
                             Had so soundly,
                     Blindly moved a reader.
                How often had I held the pen
                     In passion to be honest
                  And pierced a gentle soul?
                Or poured the warm of loving
                        On a distant friend?
           Allowed a pencil and some minutes
              To change the thought or heart
                     Of some remote comrade,
                   And never seen the tears?

Dear Creator,
Words are so powerful. And thoughts. They can shape our
direction for life, cure misunderstandings, reframe trauma into
growth. When I send my words ahead, either deliberately or
carelessly, give me the grace to accompany them with love.
Let them not arrive without thought on unprepared ears. Help
me to correctly estimate the power of my words and thoughts
and to use them only as a way to greater light.

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.198

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