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September 17, 2015, 9:00 AM

September 17, 2015

Late last week while driving to Buffalo I was rummaging through my purse looking for ChapStick. I couldn’t find the ChapStick, but I did find the container of anointing oil I used at the pastors meeting on Wednesday. I was in a hurry and my lips hurt, so I thought, “Why not?” as I rubbed some of the anointing oil onto my sore lips. (In case some of you are “grossed out” I used my finger – I didn’t directly apply the container!)

Anointing has many references in Scripture and designates persons and objects as set apart and holy. Anointing oil is a seal upon us and signifies we belong to God. It is also a tangible sign of healing prayer. Before pastors preach, many pray the words of Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” In essence this is a prayer of anointing on the preaching moment.

As I drove along, I wondered what it would be like if we thought about anointing our lips before speaking. Are the things we say kind and compassionate?  Do they speak with integrity and Christian love?  Do our words indicate we belong to God? Do we set aside not only our words but ourselves as holy?

I’m distressed daily by the way people speak to one another. Their communication is filled with anger, hatred, and bigotry; they spew vitriolic half-truths, lies and gossip and use words as weapons. They talk with no respect or concern for the feelings of others. Sometimes this even happens in the church.

Maybe we should all use anointing oil as ChapStick, to remember that our words have great power to do good or harm, and they also have the power to honor or dishonor God.  We are sealed and set apart by God – maybe we should talk that way.

Prayerfully yours,


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