By Ruth Petersen (with additional wisdom shared by her dad, the late Rev. Roger Prescott)
In these days of 'social distancing' I am keeping in communication with friends and family via text and email. I was reminded of a short reflection that my father gave in a similar time of social distress. I share it with you here:
Golden Apple Words
While reading my Bible the other day, my eyes fell upon these words from the Book of Proverbs:
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver" Proverbs 25:11 RSV
After pondering these words I began to wonder what words, fitly spoken, might just be like golden apples.
How about ...
"I love you" or "It's all right"
Then there are ...
"Sleep till noon" and "I couldn't have done it without you"
Last week the golden apple words for me were ...
"Mr. Prescott, your car is ready."
And how about the simple words...
"Thank you" and "You're welcome"
I find, when I think about it, that language is full of golden apple words. Why not share some today with your family or a friend?
This was written by my father, Rev. Roger Prescott, many years ago. He administered a "Warmline" of short daily thoughts and devotions (via telephone) for over 20 years as a way to be available to those who were shut in or just needed to hear a warm, friendly voice. He collected these daily devotions into books in the later years of his life. I love to use them, as many are filled with devotions based on our family activities. They remind me to always remember the values of gentleness and humble joy in daily living as a child of God.
Prayer: O God, we thank you for the gift of friends and family. Guard our speech and give us generous hearts to share today. Amen.
Bio: Ruth Peterson has worked in various jobs over the years (accounting, teaching, administering) and is grateful now to have 'retired' to enjoy hobbies of reading, walking, puzzling of any kind, cooking and yoga. Ruth and her husband Dave live in St. Paul near Como Park and have been part of the St. Michael's community for about 35 years. They write, "We have received many 'golden apple' words in those years!"