a wonder of wonders spread before
a chorus of life lifting praise
a waft of beauty rampant in curling petals
lips, silent and learning, always learning
for speaking changes everything
Can You Imagine the Silence
if we knew the power of our words?
Ordering someone to “go to hell!”
What if we were opening the door,
pushing them through?
Or gossiping about another,
tearing them down,
insulting them from a safe distance,
making them sick or depressed
or increasing their illness?
You may laugh and say,
“that’s just silly,” …
but how do you know?
Words can fill with love,
or curse with hate.
Watch the other person,
when you tell them in person,
“you look like shit today.”
Watch the pain cross their face.
See the hurt lower their strength.
Watch them wilt like a dying flower…
right in front of you…
and then tell me… words have no power.
Dead Sea Scrolls
A Messianic Apocalypse
… [the ear]th and all that is on it; and the sea [and all that is in it] and all the ponds of water and rivers who are doing good before the Lor[d] … … like those who curse and are (destined) for death [when] the Lifegiver will raise the dead of His people. And we will thank and proclaim to you the righteousness of the Lord, who …