"Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way
that leaves practically nothing unsaid."
I never thought that going to church would pose such a problem for me. It seems as if I am currently the person to gossip about. It has been a hard enough year without adding the difficulties that I am currently going through in church. I seem to have had the mistaken impression that church was a supposed to be sanctuary for my soul and my heart. That I could go there to be closer to my Heavenly Father. That I would have support, encouragement and love through my current trials and difficulties. That I would not be judged. But today, I am hurting. I am feeling betrayed and abandoned. The voices of "I'm not good enough" are screaming through my head and I really want to stay home and hide.
Don't get me wrong here. I am not going to do that. I will be sitting in the bench in the middle of the chapel come Sunday. I might not want to be there, but I go. I will listen, I will learn, and I won't let anyone else's actions determine when and how I worship.
But I will share with you, in this small corner of the world, how much it hurts to be the person who is talked about.
The Bible tells us: “The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones.” Ecclesiasticus 28:17
It sounds to me as if some of the things we say can be destructive to others. That is a chilling thought. The voice that utters prayers, speaks softly in public, bears testimony, can also be the same voice that talks about our neighbors, bears false witness, embarrasses others, demeans, screams and even destroys. “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing, My brethren these things ought not so to be.” James 3:10
I think our words, like our deeds, should also be filled with the virtues of faith, hope and charity. Our words should lift each other up, and not put each other down. Our words should provide comfort, love and sanctuary to those who would listen. May we each strive just a little harder to think before we speak and to be more Christlike in both Word and Deed.
It is one of my sources of happiness
never to desire a knowledge of other people's business.