The Words from Our Mouths

Fort Sherman Chapel, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Fort Sherman Chapel, Coeur d’Alene, ID

In the book of James it says,

With our tongues we praise our Lord and our Father,

And then we turn around and we curse man – our co-workers, the members of our family, our friends – those who have been made in the very likeness of God himself. James says that out of the same mouth comes both praise and cursing.

(James 3:9,10)

He goes on to say that if we consider ourselves religious (we pray, we worship, if we give our time and our money) and yet don’t keep a tight rein on our tongues, we are deceiving only ourselves. We’re talking the talk but our walk is worthless.

St. Francis of Assisi once said,

“Preach the gospel.

Use words if you need to.”

(James 1:26)

Lord, may we do as David did in the Psalms –

May our lips overflow with praise, as we allow You to teach us Your truths…

May we tell of Your wonders and be glad and rejoice in You – May we sing praises to Your name and allow You to show us Your ways and teach us Your paths,

For it is in You alone that we have hope…

May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.

(Ps. 19:14) (Ps. 119:172) (Ps. 25:4)

In God We Trusted

imageI have a friend that gave me a brand new released state quarter every time they came out. I was also the recipient of a brand new shiny gold Washington dollar, released by the U.S. Mint the year they were issued. It’s a beautiful coin, really, quite similar to the Susan B. Anthony.

We were sitting and eating lunch, my friend and I. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were afforded the blessing of sitting down by the lake right by her work. There were three of us there and she gave out coins to each of us. I looked at the coins in my hand. I was more drawn to the gold as I noticed George Washington’s imprint on the face of the coin.

“Did you notice he isn’t smiling on the dollar coin?” I asked them.

No, they hadn’t noticed.

They took another bite of lunch and I kept looking at George. Then I looked at George on the quarter. “He’s smiling on the quarter,” I brought to their attention.

They hadn’t noticed that, either.

I looked back at the gold coin.

“Did you notice they got rid of “In God We Trust” on the face of the dollar coin?” I asked.

One answered yes. The other, no.

“Get this,” said the friend who gave me the coin. “They’ve put it on the side.”

“That’s stupid,” I commented. “It’ll get rubbed off.”

And then I thought, Just like we are rubbing God right out of our country. We take a little of Him out of this and we take a little bit of Him out of that and before you know it, He’ll be completely gone and when we are at the end of our ropes, we’ll cry out Him. And why should He answer? We didn’t need Him.   We didn’t want anything to do with Him. We made that more than clear.

Some days we wake up and feel empty and alone and wonder why. The answer may be simple, really…

One day we chose to rub out our prayers at school.   Then we rubbed out giving thanks before meals. Embarrassing when we go out to eat. Can’t have that. What will people think? And the next week we rub our quiet time out of our mornings. Gotta make this meeting, gotta make that luncheon, gotta do this, gotta do that. And it’s becoming quite easy to justify rubbing church off the calendar because of the songs they sing or the pastor’s preaching style.  Before we know it, we’ve rubbed God completley out of our lives.

“In God We Trust.”

It’ll get rubbed right off of the sides of those dollars. Just wait and see. A little here, a little there. To want Him off the coin, we first had to rub Him out of our lives. As a country, we’ve done a pretty good job of rubbing  Him out  of our.  nation.

Before we know it, we’ll have rubbed Him out of everything.  Perhaps that’s why poor George isn’t smiling anymore.