Recently I have been the recipient several times of encouraging words. People went out of their way to thank me for some action I took, to let me know what something I did meant to them, or simply to affirm me. I was struck by how much those encouraging words nourished me and how much I learned from them. It is a reminder of just how much all of us need encouragement. Proverbs 16:21 and 25 tell us that gracious words promote instruction and are healing to the bones. May our words be gracious.