Speaking with authority

Ideally words should always be preceded by deeds.
When people who have done something
begin to speak, people listen.
Their words carry enormous weight.
They have real authority.
The weakness of a lot of words arises from the fact
that they are not preceded, or accompanied,
or even followed by words.
At the root of innumerable wrongs in our world
is the discrepancy between word and deed.
It is the weakness of Churches, parties, and individuals.
It gives people and institutions split personalities.
Lord, grant that what we have said with our lips,
we may believe with our hearts,
and practise with our lives.