Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 KJ)
When I was a young child in a Methodist Church, The Reverend Smith, the most wonderful reverend that ever walked the earth in my eyeswould give his benediction after each and every service. His arms outstretched in benediction as he lifted his hands to God and his congregation and prayed the above words the Psalmist prayed.
Each day these words of blessings and prayer embrace me like warmth from a wood-burning stove when a chill is in the Fall and Winter air.
When the meditation of my heart drifts like driftwood among waves of the ocean shores and my words are like raw meat without heat. I walk close to this warmth of Reverend Smith’s words of blessings and I silence my tongue. I am reminded of the words recorded by James in the Holy Bible;

 ”…the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” (James 3:6 NLT)
We so often check our waist-lines, our calorie-intake, our walking-metrics, count the wrinkles on our face and neck while letting the tongue wage with idle words flying smoother than a kite in the wind of soon coming hurricane.
Count our Words for good or for evil, for life or death, and frame them in the benediction of Reverend Smith is just a bit uncomfortable for some of us. Yet, they carry more power weight in the Eternal than waist-line, calorie-intake or face in wrinkles. One might say; really! Well, I would like to agree with the really’s but I need someone to show me the scriptures to back it up. OK, glutton, yes, living godly, yes, body the temple of God, yes. I get the point to be and live holy in unison of mind, body and spirit. But, that little tongue still rages like a fire out of control way to often. And, not only an earthy fire that destroys all that is in its path but the eternal reward haunts the soul shared by Matthew;

“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”  (Matthew 12:36 NIV)
Today, I make it my passion and goal to move close to the warmth of God’s embrace and receive from Holy men and women that God has placed in our lives to afford us the blessing of a Benediction! Will you join me?