What’s Your Word for the Year?

A friend of mine always chooses a word for the year to journey with. I like the idea, but (ironically for a person who loves words) have seldom managed to conjure one of my own. After a walk in the Botanical Gardens where she shared her 2021 word with me, I asked Gill how she uncovered this mystical word that would set the course and tone for the year. Her answer was simple. Ask God.

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Seeds of Hope in a Storm

Our world has been plagued by the Covid-19 virus for 5 months, and my country South Africa has been in lockdown for 2 of those. It’s a time where we’ve all come to realise the power of words. We’re bombarded with news and interviews, opinions and statements from world leaders. Our phones ping with messages that warn or threaten or seek to inform us. We’re constantly trying to discern words that are real from those that are fake.

And, although I’ve always known it, it’s never struck me more that the words we speak or write have power. Power of life or power of death. No wonder the writer of Proverbs said:

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” (Prov. 15:4)

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