Sunday, June 10, 2007

Noonday Silence

When all ten of us gather around a table for lunch, it tends to be a pretty intensely talkative event. Breakfast and dinner can follow suit too, but something about the midday commotion with the work of the day begun but left unfinished, tends to make for particularly energized conversation. We have more to learn as a family by way of making these times edifying. It's too easy to slip into banter that is meaningless at best or derogatory at worst. We forget that our conversation is of consequence. Why? During lunch the other day Nate reminded us, "Do you know the Bible says that we will have to give account for every idle word that we say on the day of judgment?" Silence ensued. Guarding the words of our mouth is our current challenge and prayer.