VE Day…Words

Yesterday we heard Winston Churchill, King George and the Queen as we remembered VE day.

Three proverbs about words:

  1. Slander

‘Whoever spreads slander is a fool’.

The group of friends gossiping about their absent ‘friend’, the career destroyed by spiteful allegations, the heat of the moment comment on Facebook…

I have watched the continuing demolition of the Royal Hotel that once was such a splendid cliff-top building. It was much easier to knock down than it was to build.

The destructive power of words is all too familiar.

  • Silence

‘He who holds his tongue is wise’.

…or in another translation ‘Be sensible and keep your mouth shut’

The Tremeloes sang:

Talking is cheap people follow like sheep
Even though there is nowhere to go…

Silence is golden…

Learning to listen, to control or even silence our tongue is often the better option.

  • Support

‘The lips of the righteous nourish many’

Yesterday many words nourished me:

The refrain that unites and inspires hope:

We’ll meet again

Don’t know where

Don’t know when

But I know we’ll meet again

Some sunny day

The queen’s words:

‘Our streets are not empty. They are full of the love and care we have for each other.’

King George’s VE Day speech:

…together we shall all face the future with stern resolve and prove that our reserves of will-power and vitality are inexhaustible.

…expressing his faith:

…In the hour of danger we humbly committed our cause into the Hand of God, and He has been our Strength and Shield. Let us thank Him for His mercies, and in this hour of Victory commit ourselves and our new task to the guidance of that same strong Hand.

Sometimes, particularly today, words are all we have, written or spoken, to nourish those around us.


Today’s musings are based around Proverbs 10:18-21 (NIV)

‘Silence is Golden’ was recorded by the Tremeloes in 1967, but was originally written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio and recorded by The Four Seasons in 1964

‘We’ll Meet Again’ was composed by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles, sung by Dame Vera Lynn and originally released in 1939

One thought on “VE Day…Words

  1. I have caught up with several of these last night, Malcolm. Worthy and helpful thoughts! Thank you. I like especially the thought about darkness as a gift.


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