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A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

Emily Dickinson, the 19th-century American poet, always knew what she meant and always found the words to convey her meaning. She wrote, "I don't know of anything so mighty as words. There are those to which I lift my hat when I see them sitting princelike on the page."
Words can sway multitudes. They can convey hate or love, contempt or tenderness. They can drive the hearers to mass-suicide (the tragedy at Jonestown), or they can give life meaning (The Sermon on the Mount).
Whether it is long or short, just a card with a bit of news or an invitation a visit from the mailman is a meaningful experience. But how many of us use our talents in writing letters? We all can write a cheerful word, but are we taking the time to do it?
Let's think about letters in a different way. Let's think about us you and I as letters. Through our deeds, our gifts, our very being, each of us is writing a living letter . . . our enthusiasm can be a letter of contagion; our carelessness a letter of dismay; our thoughtfulness a letter of kindness; our happiness a letter of joy.
Yes, you and I are letters and we can be letters on the pages of the human heart! . . .