Sometimes taken for grated,
Often spoken without thought,
Rarely ever meaningful,
Likely to be up-building they are not.
How great a damage a thoughtless word can do,
Even those with a meaning I never meant them to.
I wish that they had not been spoken,
Oh how those words I regret,
Though they seemed fine at the time,
I now desire to forget.
Lord teach me how to tame my tongue,
And how to say what’s right,
So that all of those I meet each day,
Will see your reflected light.