Trump listens to Christmas Eve sermon on 'power of speech' and 'words'

Trump listens to Christmas Eve sermon on 'power of speech' and 'words'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE on Christmas Eve listened to a sermon about the "power of speech" and "words."

The sermon — which the president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE heard at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Fla. — also talked about a person's obligation to "bring light to our lives and to the world."

“We know the power of speech, of words,” Bethesda-by-the-Sea’s rector, the Rev. James Harlan, said at the beginning of the sermon, according to a transcript of his sermon from The Washington Post.

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He went on to quote Nelson Mandela, saying: “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.”

Harlan continued, saying: "Words matter."

“Proverbs 18, for example, says death and life are in the power of the tongue," he said.

"Words can build up or tear down. Words can speak truth or obfuscate truth. Words convey information, emotion, motivation.”

Harlan said words can give voice to and "empower the darkness."

He also warned those attending that their words can have "as much destructive and divisive potential as creative and healing potential.”

At the end of the sermon, he called for people to "let that light shine in our words and our actions in our love for every human being.”

Trump spent the Christmas holiday with his family at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Over the weekend, he tweeted he is proud to have "led the charge against the assault" on people saying "merry Christmas."

On Monday night, he tweeted that he hoped everyone was having a "great Christmas." He added: "Then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!"