Today's readings are from Proverbs 16, 17, 18 Many of the Proverbs deal with something that is "everyday" with us - Speech. The way we talk...not just outwardly, but even within..what we say to our own selves, constitutes our speaking. Proverbs uses language of "the tongue", "speak", "words", etc...to make the point: what we say and how we say it has profound implications to each of us. "The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction." (Proverbs 16:21 NIV) "Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24 NIV) "A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends." (Proverbs 16:28 NIV) "A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue." (Proverbs 17:4 NIV) "Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out."