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