New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

Every man has within his life experience a hidden wholeness—as Thomas Merton named it, a metaphor of meaning, a healing hologram: this hidden seed, this secret leaven, this buried treasure, this mysterious pearl. But like the irritating grain of sand in the oyster, the place where it is buried is usually at the very point of anger, pain, and anguish.

As boys, we are taught that a wound is shameful, that to let a wound stop you from playing makes you a sissy. Yet Robert Bly’s insight in Iron John embodies the radical gospel: “Our story gives a teaching diametrically opposite. It says that where a man’s wound is, that is where his genius will likely be. . . . that is precisely the place for which we will give our major gift to the community.” While this especially applies to men, is it not true for everyone?

—Kent Ira Groff, “A Masculine Perspective,” in Anger: Minding Your Passion, compiled by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

Have you noticed the places where your anger is connected to a wound? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
—Psalm 147:3 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, search me and know me. Shine a light on my innermost thoughts and feelings, even those I try to hide. Give me courage to name the sources of my anger and wisdom to learn from them. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted June 29, 2024 5:23 am

    There is one irritating situation that has lasted quite a long time. It doesn’t affect daily life, but easily comes to mind. How to deal with it is perplexing. This is situation where my weakness dealing with confrontation sticks out. Lord, guide me as what to do. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted June 29, 2024 6:36 am

    I wouldn’t I have anger associated with a wound. More like emotions and triggers associated with a wound. There is a response, a reaction – but I wouldn’t call it anger.
    Celebrated Becky’s birthday last evening with dinner at a favorite taco place of hers, followed by a walk and cards. My uncle was over during the day, helping me with various tasks around my house, things which needed attention. He is very much a handy man and I appreciate his assistance. We still have one more thing to work on outside, rebuilding a retaining wall near my air conditioner and part of a flower bed.
    A lazy day today, with no need to leave the house. Possibly some unstable weather coming. Have lots of coursework to do – grateful for the day at home.

  • Julie Posted June 29, 2024 8:05 am

    Yes, my wounds inflicted by people have many emotions attached, including anger.

  • Ally Posted June 29, 2024 8:35 am

    Not long after David and I were married, one of my closest friends said very hurtful things to me. They broke my spirit. Those words hurt still today. I was hurt, then angry. I told her i forgive, but the pain lingers.

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