I heard some truly beautiful words this week, most of which were spoken on Wednesday during the inauguration of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. It was a very significant day, hopeful and necessary; a grander view of our country at her best. Words. Images. Representation. Traditions. Leadership. They all matter.

Words have power. The Scriptures tell us that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Hurtful, negative, and divisive words have a way of cutting deep and leaving us drained and weary. On the other hand, positive, affirming, and hope-filled words can lift our spirit and cause light to shine forth even on the darkest day.

Here are some of the words that spoke to me:

  • Birthright
  • Bridges
  • Change
  • Comfort
  • Common
  • Decency
  • Democracy
  • Dignity
  • Faith
  • Firsts
  • Freedom
  • Glass Ceiling
  • God
  • Hope
  • Justice
  • Liberty
  • Mercy
  • Opportunity
  • Prevail
  • Rebuild
  • Reconcile
  • Renewal
  • Respect
  • Rise
  • Sacrifice
  • Struggle
  • Together
  • Truth
  • Vine
  • Weathered
  • Unity
  • One Nation
  • For All

(And of course, the diversity, sign language, fist-bump, hugs, Amanda Gorman, music, and fashion were all superb!)

We know that words alone are not enough and must be followed by actions that back them up. Still, the right words at the right time are a great beginning, because when we the people hear and are motivated, we the people join in and help make those words become a reality if we believe in them.

“The question is, are we up to it? Will we meet the moment? Will we give our all?”

My answer is, “YES, as best I can, and now more than ever!” How about you? How will you respond?

Your words have power, my friend, and I hope that you use them well. May they bear fruit to who you are, your hopes and dreams, and what you truly believe.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy