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A reading and a reflection to start the day, with the Rev Dr Craig Gardiner, a tutor at South Wales Baptist College.

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Tue 14 Jan 2020 05:43


Good morning. It was on this day, back in 1878, that Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the first long-distance telephone call. He did so with Queen Victoria in attendance and so impressed was her majesty with the prototype device that she wanted to purchase it for herself, with all the wires attached.
Today, of course, many of us have wire - less mobile devices so I have to explain to my children why a phone would even have a wire and then watch them laugh when I show them how we used to put our finger in a dial and spin it round to make a call.
The desire to communicate is at the heart of being human, and we will no doubt continue to develop new technologies for doing it. But in our rush to discover new platforms, we need to remain conscious of how we speak, our personal and collective responsibility for the quality and veracity of the words we use. If public discourse can at times seem nasty, so too can how we talk to one another in our more private conversations.
In contrast to all this, the writer of the biblical book of Proverbs reminds us that ‘Gracious words are like a honeycomb, they bring sweetness to the soul and health to the body.’
Hopefully each of us can remember a time when someone spoke in such a way to us, a compliment or affirmation that lifted our spirits and left a good taste in our soul that day. 
Such goodness can linger with us for a while and soon that human desire to talk to someone means we have the opportunity to share it with others. God of graceMay what we sayand how we say itbring sweetness to the souls of othersand health to our wounded world todayAmen