“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, O God, my rock and my redeemer.”
One of our hymns in The United Methodist Hymnal is titled, Wonderful Words of Life. The first line begins by saying, “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life…” And then the refrain says, “Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life…”
Last weekend in worship, each child received a valentine card during children’s time. The card was blank, but the envelope was addressed to a person within our church family. The instruction was to write a note and perhaps draw a picture to let the person receiving the card know that they were being thought of on Valentine’s Day.
I had no idea my name was in the cards handed out, but I was thankful to receive a lovely Valentine from a young boy. There was a beautiful hand drawn picture with hearts, crosses and several Christian fish symbols. In the corner were two smiling stick figures labeled ‘me’ and ‘you.’ And the beautiful and wonderful words on the card have made me smile and chuckle. One part of the note read, “I think you have a really, really BIG heart. You must like God lots because you seem to talk about him a lot.” Then the note said, “You matter!” And it ended with the words, “I like your hair, it reminds me of my grandmother’s.”
Valentine’s Day is Wednesday and this year falls on Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of our 40-day season of Lent in which we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and to the cross before we experience the wonderful resurrection of Christ at Easter. Lent is a time for us to look deep within ourselves to see how we are living our lives in a Christ-like manner.
In this Lenten season, may we find ways to look within ourselves and then share beautiful and wonderful words with others to let them know that they matter and that we see God’s loving presence within them.