Sermon by Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, Summer Minister.
I'm always amazed by the power of traffic lights to control car flow. With little more than the switch of a bulb, people shift their movements so that cars and people can move around in some semblance of safety.
I sometimes feel that words have a similar power, almost magical, to direct behaviour... to coordinate cooperation that might otherwise seem impossible. Sometimes, they also fail us. And still, their effect to shift and achieve actions seems miraculous!
As people of faith, struggling to work for peace and improved human relations, the words we choose to say--and to hear--can have unexpectedly miraculous effects.