God who creates with a word, a Word that takes on life and breath,
we know that words have power.
Within them is the power to be your Word,
or to be hateful, ugly, demeaning,
to come to life as words that shatter and destroy.
When words become bombs, or knives, or laws,
bring your gifts of solace and justice.
May all our words land lightly,
spring toward connection,
touch with forgiveness,
prompt a smile,
and hold your creating power.
May our words reflect the Word made flesh,
and when our words fail,
may we find your Word in all that swirls around us. Amen.