Our world is filled with every kind of mass-produced platitude,
But hollow words of encouragement yield only a hardened attitude.
Words are important but sometimes they are cheap too,
If not accompanied by some sort of follow-through.
For, I can say you are loved, I can say you are seen,
But without my presence, these words are almost mean.
Like a twisted blade instead of a carefully yielded scalpel,
The truth can be freeing or it can be just another shackle.
Nobody is helped by half-hearted, anemic words of comfort,
Shared by a desire to ease one’s own guilt and discomfort.
Communication is truly more than the words I am speaking,
So let me communicate with all of my being, following Christ’s leading.
Jesus saw the ones society tried to hide,
He spoke their name, calling them to His side.
He cherished the ones society abandoned to their transgression,
Giving them a clean start and the unmerited gift of redemption.
He ate with those known only by their shame,
Never condoning their sin but instead giving them a new name.
He took on a humble role of servitude,
Giving His life as a ransom for a multitude.
He cared for even the one who would betray,
For that is true Love’s chosen way.
He loved us with His life and loves us still today,
And calls us by name to humbly follow Him along His way.
To go to Samaria even when there is a way around,
Showing and telling of His grace that does abound.
To reach out to the weak, the sick, and the downtrodden,
Reminding them that they are not alone nor forgotten.
To love thy neighbor as thyself,
Serving without thought of praising self.
To bow down like our Savior did to wash His disciple’s feet,
Extending care and compassion to all that we meet.
To believe that the God who has plans for us has plans for them too,
Knowing that He can make even hopeless things new.
To speak life and not just words devoid of genuine care,
Pointing to the God who loves and came to repair.
He loved us first, and so by His Spirit we can love each other,
And not only by the words our lips can utter.
Words are indeed a vital tool of communication,
But true love speaks with both words and their application.
The tongue of the wise can indeed bring help and healing,
But only if it follows true Love’s council and leading.