Let the words in your mouth be fair

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth”.

I came across this quote a few years ago and it has always stayed in my head. It is so true.

Think of the person you love the most in the world, and then say their name. It is said with such warmth that you immediately see their face in your mind’s eye. In the film ‘West Side Story’, the character, Tony is so in love with Maria that when he says her name - as the song goes: “... it’s almost like praying.” A beautiful song.

As Christians we claim to love the Lord Jesus Christ with all our heart, soul and divinity, which should mean that if we truly love Him, His name is spoken differently and with warmth and affection, and yet sometimes the name of Jesus, is said in such a way that it can sometimes sound like a swear word.

I cringe when I hear someone saying “for God’s sake” or “Christ Almighty!” or similar versions of the same profanity.

If Jesus is the love of our life, His name should be safe in our mouths. The next time you feel angry or just stub your toe, or some other random “bad day at the office”, remember, Your name, which I played with so carelessly and so easily, has somehow become sacred to my lips.

The name of Jesus will not be thrown around lightheartedly or repeated without deep thought.

Patricia Fox

St. Margaret’s Church