Sitting in a coffee shop in Oklahoma City I over hear three ladies talking. I don't make out all of their conversation. However, I do hear one woman say, "...that's a blessing." I thought to myself, "Yes it is." I have no idea what they were talking about but I know this, it was a blessing for me just by making out the phrase, “that’s a blessing.” I was blessed because I was in a small way able to share in a community moment when someone else’s experience was affirmed to be a gift. That affirmation is part of why community is so important in the Christian faith. Christians in community see, “in the companionship of a fellow Christian a physical sign of the gracious presence of God” (D. Bonhoeffer). Christ lives in us. When we are together Christ is with us. When we talk to each other God is a part of our conversation.
By our words we are leading people in some direction. We are either leading them closer to God or further away from God. The power of life and death is in our words (Proverbs 18:21). Small phrases of blessings are like espresso. They are concentrated and powerful. Let us use the power of life in our words to bless people in our lives. We may unknowingly bless others around us.