A Woman's Voice

SPIRITUAL SATURDAY ~ Unkind Words ~ May 7, 2011 by Charles Betts


People say society today is so much more civilized

But the dreams the dreamers dreamed have not been realized

I hear lamenting cries and sorrow from the hearts of the abused

Who simply cannot understand and it leaves them so confused


High on my own wish list is “Peace on earth goodwill to men”

I recall the angels declared the same, as they told the world of Him

Two thousand years ago. So long ago. Have we even changed at all?

The only way I know to change is to answer the Savior’s call


Why are we afraid? Why do we turn away?

Is it too difficult, Too high a price to pay,

To be kind to a neighbour, or a stranger in the way

Or just to be careful in what we do and say?


There’s lots of information. We get smarter every year

But all the education does nothing to ease the fear

The world is filled with hatred for those who don’t think the same

They refuse to believe the angels and will not accept His name


For those of us who have believed, we say He’s in our heart

Let’s care enough to talk with them, help them make a brand new start

Reach out to those around us, perhaps we can repair

The damage that has been done if we show them that we care


Let’s repel the darkness by showing the world the light

The angels sang so loud and clear about that first Christmas night

If you try you’ll be amazed what Christ can do through love

That flows from your life and heart when you submit to God above


So if we really want to see the hatred and anger cease

I believe we Christians must show them the Prince of Peace

If we want to heal the hearts before they have been broken

Remember this “The kindest words sometimes are unkind words unspoken”


A Poem By Charles Betts

Dec 22nd, 2004


A personal note from Charles…I must also say that I thoroughly enjoy your comments along with the others who contribute. You no doubt have gathered from my poems and replies, that words are very important to me. They can do so much, good or evil. I have told a few people over the years that when I am in conversation with someone, I try to never say anything to that person that I would be uncomfortable saying if that person were Jesus Himself. It has been a blessing to me and them. We can both walk away from the situation and be OK with how it went. To me, it matters not if they deserve or appreciate it, I know we both needed it and God can use the situation to His advantage.

I believe with all my heart that when our conversation is handled thus, then God can speak to that person’s heart after we are apart and they begin to wonder, what just happened? How could someone maintain such composure? In this way God can speak to them when we cannot, long after our conversation is done. It took years of practice and much grace, but like the scripture says, ” The grace of God teaches us”. I have been taught. For some I can only say as I used to say to my children, ” a lesson taught is not always a lesson learned”.

Thank you Charles. You have a very gifted, gentle and inspirational way of saying exactly what each and every one of us needs to hear. Beautifully written!


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  1. Peter Black said,

    A very lovely poem, filled with heavenly wisdom, and bearing a challenge to those of us who call ourselves Christians and / or consider ourselves Christ-followers.

    Thank you Charles, and Dolores.
    May you and your loved ones enjoy a blessed and happy Mother’s Day.

    • How wonderful to hear from you Peter. I very much agree with you that Charles’ poem is filled with heavenly wisdom and I am honored to have the opportunity to share it. It is definitely a real life challenge to be a true Christian or Christ-follower as you have so aptly pointed out. Once we have committed our lives to Christ, we must remind ourselves of this daily challenge in order to set the proper example for others as we have agreed to do in our roles as followers of Christ. We all know how difficult this challenge can be. Please wish May a wonderful Mother’s Day and blessings to you both.

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