“Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain.” Let us be mindful, then, that an abundance of words often leads to mis-speech, mis-meaning, mis-understanding, and misery. May we say only what we truly mean, and truly mean what we say. May we use our words to nobler purpose, to affirm higher ideals, and to heal the hurts of a wounded world. Let us look for benedictions and eulogies that uphold our better angels. Let us refrain from speech when the space of silence will suffice. May we rest assured that we need not utter every thought and feeling, giving leave that all may find their authentic voice. For words, for meaning, and for authentic conversation we give thanks. Blessed Be, and Amen.