Greetings! My name is Rev. Rick Rhen-Sosbe and I am the new pastor at Church of Our Savior MCC in Boynton Beach. We are thrilled to be a part of this congregation and look forward to great things ahead! 

Currently, my husband Michael and I live in Naples, Florida and commute to and from Naples and Boynton Beach.

For this writing I decided to write about words and how we use them. 

Words are amazing and powerful. The use of words in various forms is one of the primary methods of communication in our world. Words are used by most people on some level or another. Whether it be spoken, written, typed, used in sign language or other methods. 

When words stand alone they generally don’t have as much meaning as when they are used with other words. Words can uplift or discourage. Words can heal or harm. We can bless or we can curse.


What’s the difference between blessing and cursing? When speaking of cursing, I am not speaking of swear words or foul language. Nor am I speaking of “hexes” or “spells” being put upon someone. Rather, cursing is using words or phrases that tear down rather than build up. Cursing is negative and damaging to the recipient of those words (and to the one who uses them).

The opposite of cursing is blessing. Blessings are words or phrases that build up rather than tear down.  Blessings are positive and healing to the recipient of those words (and again, to the one who uses them). I wonder how different the world around us would be if we committed to do less cursing and more blessing?  What would happen if we decided to do more uplifting and less tearing down?  

Speaking words of blessing or speaking words of a positive nature can have long lasting implications for the good. I would encourage us to attempt to be in the blessing business. To uplift one another, to encourage one another—to choose words which have the potential to bless rather than curse.  

Now, I’m fully aware that it’s not always easy to bless someone; especially one who has not been kind to us. We’d much rather “bless them out!” But an amazing thing happens when we choose NOT to bless our enemies: we harbor hurt, anger, resentment and bitterness, and when we hold on to these feelings we become emotionally in bondage. Yet when we bless our enemies, we are freed from that bondage.

Let me make it clear: I am not advocating that we endorse wrong behavior of others, nor am I advocating that we ignore wrong behaviors in people—problems often need addressed—however, dwelling on a negative behavior doesn’t usually have much of a positive result.

The words we speak are our choice. We have the power to bless or to curse. May we choose our words wisely.