I’m visiting my dad and his wife in Santa Fe this week, and this morning I went to church with them. There are times in my life when I’ve felt like I was “placed” somewhere at just the right time. Today was one of those times.
Why? Because the minister spoke about the power of words. What better sermon for a writer to hear than that? He started off asking:
Think about the words you’ve heard in the last week. What words did you hear?
Several people called words out:
- Oklahoma City
I thought about the words tornado, no, lonely, friendship.
Then, he asked us to think about the words we wished we’d heard. Here’s what people called out:
I thought about understanding and yes.
As a writer, his words touched me, because I want my words to be powerful–to make a difference.
His last question was, “What words have healed your heart?”
For me, the answers were:
- I understand.
- I accept.
And then, I realized, that’s what The Red Kimono is all about. The desire of three young Americans to be understood and accepted.
What words have made a difference to you?