Once my professor told me it was “okay,” I practiced being angry at God. I was upset, yes, but I was also a product of a conservative, well-behaved upbringing. You didn’t shout in my family; you did not go asking for trouble. Confrontation was not what the Wilsons of Jackson, Mississippi, were about. Instead, we tolerated what we could, put up with more than our fair share, turned the other cheek. So it took me a while to let God know how I really felt about the death of my friend. But eventually I was able to do it, to raise my voice and thrust my anguish heavenward. And it felt good.
—Amy Lyles Wilson, compiler and editor, Anger: Minding Your Passion (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
—Psalm 86:15 (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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