Our Canvas

The words that we speak like the stroke of a brush,
Paint an image in each mind a thought, a feeling, a rush.
Some like a soft yellow shine like the sun above,
Some the shade of the sweetest pink paint an image of God's love.
Some words on the canvas are violent and dark,
The image that they make, cruel, uninspiring and stark.
Some words are painted on with a thoughtless unsteady hand,
They are the color of hurting, dull across the land.
Some words are painted with the intent to lead a man astray,
These strokes are the blackest of all for they seek to take you prey.
Some words are the color of hope, they lift the weary soul,
Like the beauty of the meadow, they heal and make you whole.
The canvas we create can be powerful and good,
If we choose to paint with care as the Master painter would.
May we remember always to keep our brushes clean,
To repent of unworthy colors that were cruel or mean.
May we have the courage to begin to paint with care,
May the strokes upon our canvas be beautiful and fair.
May we create always a picture beautiful and bright.
A canvas of light and purity pleasing in Gods sight!

Written by Michelene Glasson

The Tongue is of Fire

The Tongue of Angels!

I am grateful for this inspired talk given by Jeffrey R. Holland. In his talk he said, "Sisters, there is no place in that magnificent spirit of yours for acerbic or abrasive expression of any kind, including gossip or backbiting or catty remarks. Let it never be said of our home or our ward or our neighborhood that “the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity … [burning] among our members.” We can do so much with our words, we can lift inspire and cheer. Likewise we can hurt and diminish others with our words. I think the way we speak of others is reflective of the mercy we want for ourselves. Our Savior taught, "With what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again." I hope we will measure out a full portion of merciful charitable words to all of our fellow men. As we do so we truly will be speaking with the tongue of angels!:)

This picture is one of many I have seen that reminds me of pure true Christlike love! At the close of Jeffrey R. Hollands talk he said, "So, brothers and sisters, in this long eternal quest to be more like our Savior, may we try to be “perfect” men and women in at least this one way now—by offending not in word, or more positively put, by speaking with a new tongue, the tongue of angels. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith and hope and charity, the three great Christian imperatives so desperately needed in the world today. With such words, spoken under the influence of the Spirit, tears can be dried, hearts can be healed, lives can be elevated, hope can return, confidence can prevail." I testify that as we follow his beautiful counsel our words will begin to create a beautiful canvas of light!:)

If The Savior Stood Beside Me