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The poetry exercise says to “find 50-100 words you like.”
Words in books, notes, brochures,
on signs, and rolling off of people’s tongues.
Words that catch my attention.
Words that make me feel . . . something.
Words that sound the way they should against my ear.
So I’ve been looking and listening
And, God, there are so many.
“Thistle” and “shallow”
“Habitat” and “dragonfly”
“Sweet” and “sharp” and “dusk” and “rest”
Each word signifying something beyond itself;
Each word a way to share the world with other people—
Those I’m with
those who write words I read
those who read words I write.
So today, God, I am feeling the privilege
Of carrying words and placing them—
In prayers and sermons and conversation;
On paper and computer screens and through sound waves.
Tending words is difficult and delicate and beautiful.
I hope my tending is faithful and fruitful.
From one who loves words
To You who are The Word:
Hear these syllables of gratitude;
Speak your words of grace.
Amen.


Rev. Joanna Harader speaks lot of words at Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. And she writes lots of them on her blog: SpaciousFaith.com.


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