We are made in the image of God (see Genesis 1:26-27); therefore, God must have emotions and has designed us with the capacity to have and feel them as well. That was new to me . . . the idea that God created us with the capacity to feel things like anger, resentment, contempt, disgust, or bitterness. The question is what we do with those emotions. While indulging and wallowing in them is detrimental, another option is that they have something to teach us.
—Beth Taulman Miller, What Loss Can Teach Us: A Sacred Pathway to Growth and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
What are you feeling right now? What might those emotions teach you? Join the conversation.
Be angry without sinning. Don’t let the sun set on your anger.
—Ephesians 4:26 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
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.
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