“Sticks and stones may break my bones,
But words will never hurt me!”
This lie is heard around the world
When wounded hearts are hurting.
We chant it to calm down our souls
When enemies are blurting
Those painful words that pinch and stab:
We want to stop the hurting.
But truly words can wound so deep
The wounded find no healing
From painful words that careless souls
Cast out without kind feeling.
Let’s turn to God to heal our hearts
When painful, mean words find us.
When words deliver worlds of hurt,
I pray these words remind us:
“While sticks and stones are breaking bones,
And unkind words may hurt me,
Jesus has come to heal my heart
When other friends desert me.”
May 24, 2018