“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This is among the worst advice ever given. Words have tremendous power. They can tear down or they can build up. It was with words that God created everything in the universe! That great power of God’s, speaking words, was gifted to us. We were invited to join God in speaking! Yet how often do we use our words to tear down and to destroy…rather than to build up! It is part of the human condition…to use our words to tear down. Always there is God, speaking words of creation…Let there be light. Always there is God, speaking words of affirmation…you are my son, with you I am well please. Always there is God, speaking words of salvation…This is my Body, this is my Blood, given for you! The voice of these words booms out over creation…listen to this voice amid the chaos and noise that is all around you.