Few Words

I’ve blogged for more than a decade. Two or three posts per week.

The pace has slowed somewhat over the last couple of years. Over the last week, however, I’ve had many impulses to blog: about paper cups… about orphans… about terrorism… about malaria… about profile pictures… But I’ve pulled up short because the following words from the Bible have echoed in my mind:

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
A dream comes when there are many cares,
and many words mark the speech of a fool.

When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.

The words are over 3000 years old (from Ecclesiastes 5:1-7) — but they speak with more power and immediacy than anything I can muster about this week’s issues.

So I will let my words be few.

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