Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in
Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Help me guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only, for my King. Amen.
and Children's Messages from this page
What About That
Tongue? based on James 3:1-12; Mark
8:27-38 Rev. Karen Goltz
I find myself
going back to the ship imagery we heard in the reading from James. I grew up
near the ocean. Iíve been on a few boats. I donít know my port from my
starboard, but I do know my bow from my stern. Iíve been tossed around on big
waves in a tiny little Boston whaler, Iíve operated the thing that controls the
rudderóI think itís called the tilleróon a two-person sailboat, and Iíve sailed
on a very large sailboat with about fifteen other people from Marblehead
Massachusetts to Rowes Wharf in Boston, and then back again.
about rudders, and how theyíre so small and yet can still control boats that are
so much bigger than them. But more than that, Iím fascinated by the idea of a
large boat in a large ocean being pushed around by fierce winds. Itís not just
the size of the boat that the rudder has to worry about; itís got to deal with
the waves and the winds, too. Even without bringing the rudder into it, that
boatís moving. But without the pilot, that boatís at the mercy of those other
elements, elements that dwarf the size of that boat, and render it helpless.
Without the pilot, that boat could be forced further out into the sea, or pushed
up on a beach, or slammed into some rocks somewhere. But the same thing can
happen when youíve got a ship and a pilot, but no rudder. The pilot and
the rudder need to work together.
I understand why
the author uses the ship and rudder analogy to make his point about the tongue.
A rudderís small, yet itís responsible for the actions of a much larger vessel.
The tongueís small, yet it can cause a large amount of damage. This text goes
to great lengths to make the tongue seem like a horrible, terrible thing. About
the only nice thing said about the tongue in this text is that is used
for blessing the Lord and Father. And then even thatís tainted by
pairing it with cursing those who are made in the likeness of God.