July 16, 2021
Twenty years ago today, just after eight in the morning, Jared Embrey Fredrickson arrived. For these twenty years, I’ve watched him grow from an infant to toddler, elementary student to high school graduate. That first day, I didn’t know what his favorite color would be, what would make him laugh or cry, or where he would find God’s presence in his life. What I did know: the words I would say and the words I would leave unsaid would matter to him. Tone of voice and eye contact would make a difference; whether I was talking to him or at him mattered.
Words matter, and the heart behind the words matters even more. There are a few prayers that I say because of this truth.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others.
Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray thou thyself in me.
And most important:
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Marc Cohn, The Things We’ve Handed Down, The Best of Marc Cohn
2 thoughts on “The Words of My Mouth”
When you, Dave, Colin and Jared came to Christ Church in January 2010, I believe Jared was just 8 years old. As an active parishioner of Christ Church I have had the privilege of watching Jared grow up in the church becoming a fine young man, always saying hello with a wonderful smile. I have very much enjoyed knowing Jared these past 11+ years. Thank you Johnna for the wonderful guidance you have given him as his mother along with the thoughtful words you chose to say to him. Peace, Robin
Thanks, Robin! It’s hard to believe how quickly the years have passed, and wonderful to remember the grace each one brought. Peace, Johnna