14th Sunday after Pentecost
God breathed creation, creatures, and humans into existence. God also spoke the world into something out of nothing. As humans, we also have the ability to use words and language to name things. “We are word-shaped beings who live word-shaped lives within word-shaped communities . . . Words are one of God’s holy gifts to humanity, and speaking them should be a sacred act. We drape out dreams in words; we paint murals of sorrows with them. They are humanity’s carrier pigeons of information, of meaning, of emotion. We struggle to live without them.” But what happens when words don’t mean the same thing to everyone? What if the words and their meaning are no longer passed along to another generation? How is God’s story and our story shaped and re-shaped by the words we use?