Prayer for January 27: Please pray with me. God of the Word, we use words in many ways – sometimes we use words to control and manipulate, to bring pain and suffering, to destroy and divide. Yet we are reminded each week that you forgive us. You give us different words for our lives – words of that enhance life, words that bring all to abundance, words that heal, words that accompany, words that reconcile, words that forgive, words that give hope and promise, words of love. In the moment before we speak, help us to choose these life-affirming words of future fulfillment of your kingdom Lord. Amen.