Capsule for the Day
Words: they don't just describe, they effect change. In the beginning, the spoken words "let there be light" brought light into being; they brought order to a world that was a formless void. Words backed with the authority of the speaker effect change. We see this in the scriptures and in real life.
There are people who still experience the effects of the words spoken to them 50 years ago. One in particular was scared to death whenever there was rain. But a gentle word spoken with the authority of his dad changed him. He now runs, plays in the rain. The phobia is gone. Words! Power!
We create with words. We also destroy with words. "They are ordinary sounds", like a writer once said, "but with so much power that can make or break a whole generation". If words have such effects, imagine the power of the Word and the effect of the Word. In the Bible, we hear the Word.
Fr. Francis Afu