A Good Word


For nine years during the 1970’s and 1980’s I preached in Palmetto, Florida. Our family has many fond memories of the brethren during that time.

One brother, D. B. Whittle, was especially an interesting fellow. He lived to be 105. When I would walk in his room at the nursing home, he would quickly sit up on the side of his bed, give me an enthusiastic handshake and always asked, “Preacher, what do you know good?”

Brother Whittle loved to near good news. Especially about the church and the Lord’s work. He knew the value of the wise man’s exhortation:

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” (Prov 12:25)

A good word. I like that.

A good word lifts. Encourages. Enlightens. Emboldens. Inspires. Soothes. Reassures. And stimulates.

With so much depressing news and unkind, ugly words in the world today, be a person who’s the bearer of a good word.

My friend, what do you know good?

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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