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.”
—Kent Ira Groff, in Anger: Minding Your Passion, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
Have you noticed the places where your anger is connected to a wound? Join the conversation.
He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
—Psalm 147:3 (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.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
Registration is now open for RESILIENCE: Healing Practices for Mind, Body, and Spirit. Join us on September 30–October 2, 2021, as we explore a fresh array of spiritual practices to help with healing from trauma. Learn more.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.