Our immensely ambivalent relationship to anger stems from its strong association with negative power. We don’t want to feel it; yet we do. Often it seems easier or safer simply to deny or suppress this emotion. There is much we need to understand about anger in order to recognize it fully, value what we can learn from it, and channel its destructive potential into constructive energy. Our view of this emotion and how we choose to use it is a deeply spiritual matter.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, The Way of Forgiveness Participant’s Book (Companions in Christ Series) (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but one who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
—Proverbs 14:29 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, guide me to know and learn from my emotions: my anger, my fears, my grief, my joys, my love. Show me how to master them so that they will not master me.
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