A Motivating ForceNew Every Morning | September 10, 2021
Yet anger needs not only to be recognized and allowed; like the grief, it eventually needs to be transformed into an energy that serves compassion. Maybe one reason I had avoided my anger was that like a lot of people I had thought there were only two responses to anger: to deny it or to strike out thoughtlessly. But other responses are possible. We can allow anger’s enormous energy to lead us to acts of resistance against patriarchy. Anger can fuel our ability to challenge, to defy injustice. It can lead to creative projects, constructive behavior, acts that work toward inclusion. In such ways anger becomes a dynamism of love.
—Sue Monk Kidd, in Anger: Minding Your Passion, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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Learn to do good;
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.
—Isaiah 1:17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Search me and know me. Shine a light on my innermost thoughts and feelings, even those I try to hide deep within. Give me courage to name the sources of my joy and my anger. Give me strength and wisdom to learn from them. Amen.
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I have often thought of things I would like to accomplish that would contribute to healing certain social ills. I know of young people who were told to leave their parents home after telling them of their sexual orientation. Young people still in high school who are living with friends. I would love to work to provide safe housing for these vulnerable young people. But I am one person and I think what can I do and where do I start?
Prayers for Ally’s sorrow over her losses at the hands of this cruel pandemic and for her David’s health and finances. Prayers for the safety of Jill and her students, may they stay safe from the coronavirus as well as school unrest. May the unrest subside and mmay administrators take positive action to curtail and prevent the attacks. Prayers for Lou’s daughter as she seeks help for her mental health issues and may Lou find a new outlet for her caring instinct. Prayers for Erich and Robert as they work together in counseling to deal with their own isues as well as their relationship issues. Prayers for Mari and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here. Thank you for being willing to listen and give kind words as well as words of advice.
I pray that the anger and sadness i feel over the loss of so many to this cruel pandemic can be channeled into something creative and positive. May my anger over injustice and the threats to our democracy be channeled into something that is proactive may I resist evil and tyranny with positive action and not just fear and tears. Please Lord, help us to have hope for a world where all God’s children receive justice and mercy. Thank You for my friends here. Hold them close to Your heart and keep them safe. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.
Went through the posts of the week yesterday, wish my memory was better so I could be more detailed or else I need to start taking notes. The word tattoo, the upcoming legal battle, physical and mental health and financial welfare, parental care, school environments, loss of lives, sports,
and the NEM family’s experience with these come to mind. Prayers for Julie & Megan, Lou and her children, Jill, Larry, and Becky, Ally & David as they face these issues. Lord , You are with us, know us, and hear our prayers. Thankfully we know that they will be handled wisely and sufficiently. I’m thankful for the prayers of this family of believers and feel progress slowly inching forward. Blest be the tie that binds. My computer’s sound system is working very well and so all of its capabilities are in good shape. Thank You, Lord.
Anger – in a proper channel – can bring about many positive things. We need leaders who can exemplify righteous anger and use their means to bring about change which can permeate society and its woes.
It seemed like a quiet day, relatively speaking, in the building – at least my floor, in my hall. A pleasant change. I dropped my first pop quiz on one of my year 2 classes – which put a dent in the honeymoon period. I gave them a concession at the end before they turned it in…they could turn it in right then and automatically receive 5 bonus points. Or they could take it home over the weekend and work on it, consult with friends, etc – and submit it next class, but sacrifice 2 points. Most chose the sacrifice. We aren’t in remote learning anymore kiddos.
Met dad for dinner outside at a restaurant near his house. The sunshine was warm and the air temperature pleasant. Looking forward to a relaxing weekend full of football and tennis on tv.