May we, this day, speak with authentic voice. May our words be simple, and our message clear. Language should not be cheap, yet we have have so debased it. From our advertising to our political rhetoric, we bandy words like chattel. When we try to share that which is in our hearts, our words become precious commodities. When we reach out to comfort and console, our speech is infinitely more than mere utterance. Let us be both mindful and intentional as we move about our days, saying what we mean, and meaning what we say. For compassionate communication we give thanks. Blessed Be, and Amen.