I worry that in our obligations and schedules that keep us away from serving, we also stop thinking and talking about God. I fear as a culture that we are losing our spiritual language and opportunities for holy conversations with each other and with God.
He goes on to say:
"A deeper look reveals that the decline in sacred speech is not a recent trend, though we are only now becoming fully aware of it. By searching the Google Ngram corpus — a collection of millions of books, newspapers, webpages and speeches published between 1500 and 2008 — we can now determine the frequency of word usage over the centuries. This data shows that most religious and spiritual words have been declining in the English-speaking world since the early 20th century.
Friends, let’s keep our light shining. Let’s make sure it’s not hidden under a bush, or snuffed out by the world. Please share your thoughts. How can we keep a spiritual conversation going as individuals, as a community and with our neighbors? What do you personally need in your life to keep your conversations with God and about God going? What are your favorite spiritual words and how do you use them in your daily life? My favorite and most used spiritual words are “joy,” “gratitude” and “grace.” What about you?