I walked across the road and stood at the side of the bridge, looking down at the river which glistened in the sunlight. There was no other traffic on the highway. The only sounds were a gentle breeze, the calls of a few birds, and the music of the swiftly moving water. Standing there, I was able to release my struggle with the person who had caused difficulty in my life. In my mind’s eye, I saw that person float on down the river, away from me and out of my sight. I felt immense relief and gratitude. Neither that person nor my anger were any longer burdens I carried.
—L. Cecile Adams, in Anger: Minding Your Passion, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice.
—Ephesians 4:31, 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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