Reading: James 1:26
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

Thought: As a family we’ve been watching ‘Our Zoo’, the TV series charting the efforts of one man and his family to build and open Chester Zoo. It was clearly quite a battle, especially as the local people rise up against it, led by vocal members of the village church including the vicar. This protest is portrayed as petty, bitter, untruthful and devious – what a contrast to the example of Christ. Sadly this TV portrayal is all too often mirrored in real life.

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
Bless Your name, bless Your name, Jesus
And the deeds of the day and the truth in my ways
Speak of You, speak of You, Jesus