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Story of “My Words”

77. Story of “My Words”

A number of years ago, I worked with a pastor where mid-way through the week I would ask him what he was preaching about. He would give me a scripture and a general direction on where he was going. And I would create a song to go with the sermon.

We didn’t do it every week, but one week when I had some time, I tried to reach him and couldn’t. I checked with the church secretary and got the scripture and the sermon title and mulled it over. I wrote the song “My Words” and on Saturday called him and told him what I had done. I said, “Let me read these to you, and if they don’t fit, it’s o.k. because I have the song anyway and it will come in handy some time and some place.” I read the words over the phone to him and it was quiet. He didn’t respond for a few minutes and then finally said, “It’s uncanny. It fits.”

My Words

When the words come from my mouth,

They are let loose upon the air,

And they proclaim where I am standing,

They are my words. They are my words.

And my voice is full of power,

My language moves from me to you,

These words can hurt or be the healing,

They are my words. They are my words.

As I live, so shall I speak,

And as I speak, I am revealed,

The words are clear and pierce the shadows,

They are my words. They are my words.

© Copyright 1981 by Ann Freeman Price

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Two learnings from this. One is that often I can rely on intuition. I can trust and at least part of the time it works out. The other is that I can pay attention to the poem itself for it speaks a wisdom that I forget sometimes when I let my words run amuck.

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