Pray first

We've all been warned of the callous word.Most of us avoid it, watching never to utterthat which might crush, defeat, destroy.

But what of the words intended to help and heal?Are not these the ones that flow so readilywe oftentimes overwhelm?Those we would help and guidemay easily be turned asidewhen we're too eager—when our prideresists the humble contemplation,the prayer that makes our exhortationdirect, precise, and blessed.

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