THE LETTER

THE LETTER

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

An invitation to dine with a "woman of means" was given me some little time ago.
Quaint and lovely furnishings beautified the house and I felt myself relaxed and in a peaceful, warm environment.
Not long into our conversation a most curious word stumbled out of my mouth, quite by accident, which proved a most violent grenade.
It's impact was sudden and quick, like a knee receiving reflex from a Doctor's hammer.
Emotions surfaced with immediacy and came to the fore.
-My friend's entire body tightened and turned rigid.
- The muscles in the face tensed dramatically.
-Hands clenched visibly.
Every nerve in the body appeared pinched, strained, and negatively affected.
There is such power in a simple word, is there not?
Hmmm ...
A letter was then handed to me by trembling hands, with watchful eyes surveying my response in the reading.
Black. Ugly. Negative. Hurtful. Destructive. Painful. Unnecessary.
Summarized words provoked by the letter.
Clearly, the writer of the letter was an unhappy soul of the worst kind provoking something painful in my friend.
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1) "Do you regard this letter as true?" I asked.
My friend asserted that an open apology, years earlier, had been given and harshly rejected. She couldn't think of anything more she might do to remedy it.
The matter was over in her mind.
Until this ...
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2) "How long have you kept this letter with you?" I asked.
My friend asserted it had been with her several years and more than she liked to admit, she had read it.
Hmmm ...
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She then posed the hopeful question,
"What should I do with it and what would 'you' do if you received it?"
To which I held up the letter,
tore it into pieces,
and shredded it quicker than a reach could retain.
It was over!
I declared the letter a vulgar and cowardly act, prayed great peace and blessing into my friend, and asked for God to restore her mind with the words He had written and faithfully declared in advance.
We opened up the beautiful life-giving words of the Bible and enjoyed them,
laid claim to wondrous and countless truths, and I joyfully reasserted my friend's identity in Christ.
She calmed immediately and at once.
My friend's radiance bears testimony, yet today, of God's presence at work in her life and all is well.
 I have been thanked a thousand times over.
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Words have the power to heal and destroy:
 positive or negative,
good or bad,
pure or impure,
truth or lie.
 We get to choose the words that we live by and this reality is empowering!
God's word, my friend, is the standard by which the words of others must align and conform. Where the two are in disagreement there will be disharmony and every evil work beside.
Shred the letter.
Refuse and reject the negativity of man.
Accept and rejoice in the promises of God's word.
Open your mind, soul, and spirit up to His truth and own it as your own!
Then help others do the same.
Positivity leads to productivity ...
and a successful life filled with goodness, promise, and hope.
Choose the "letter" you live by wisely;
you'll find that life becomes your written and living response.
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