I was reminded of that earlier this week while listening to a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition about how some urban school districts are rethinking how the handle explosive conflicts between students. I got to admit, I was only partially tracking with the story as I drove along…until these words jumped out at me.
“I mean conflicts start with people exchanging words. So why can’t they heal with people exchanging words? It’s a pretty fairly simple concept…”
The words were spoken by Houston, TX area teacher Anita Wadhwa who works with students to resolve potentially explosive conflicts between them with a Restorative Justice model of talking things out. You can click here to read more and listen to the interview.
Despite it being a pretty simple concept…it’s really true. Words are powerful…powerful enough to start serious conflicts in our world, our nation, our communities, our communities of faith, our families, and in our relationships. Words can cause pain and division. But words…the right words shared at the right time…have an even greater power to bring together and heal!
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24, NIV). Wonderful words of ancient wisdom.
“I’m sorry.” “Thank you.” “I love you.” They are simple words that have the power to heal in any context, global to personal. Let’s give them a try. I pray for the risen Christ’s healing in and with you as you do. Please pray the same for me.
Your Partner on the Journey,