PostureNew Every Morning | February 10, 2021
Facing and naming our anger offers a good place to start dealing with it. The challenge is not to get rid of this feeling but to understand why it arises and how to deal with this feeling constructively. Not anger but what we do with it is what matters. God bids us, like Cain, to master our anger so that it will not master us. When directed appropriately and handled well, even our anger can eventually move us closer to a posture of forgiveness and release.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, The Way of Forgiveness Participant’s Book (Companions in Christ Series) (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
—Genesis 4:6-7 (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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I don’t feel as though I’m in the situation described in today’s reflection. I’m not angry at the mob that stormed the capitol or the instigator who provoked them. Misguided, the victims of lies, untruths, conspiracy theories, and racism propagated by the instigator and his advisors they and their leader should face the consequences of their actions. They have all been duped. It is a sad state of affairs.
Following yesterday’s posts there’s a lot going on in our lives. Amazing the resilience of Rachel, Marcy, and Julie in the face of tough circumstances. Thankful to know what is happening and prospects that the circumstances will improve.
Stay warm and safe in the knowledge that God is with you always. Wonderful Bible passages posted yesterday and there are signs of progress as well. Thank You, Lord.
I am angry at h and the circumstances with my lawyers. I am not ready to use any means of forgiveness. In fact, I feel more unsettled than before and am thinking of emailing my lawyer as I do not understand why this is being drawn out so much. She wants to depose h! How is that other lawyers thought it was a moot point because we lived as a family for 15 years following the document in question. I believe she is inflating this to fleece me. I have no one to ask, where does one go about lawyers?
Prayers for Robert and Erich as they try to reconcile and improve their relationship.
Prayers for Ally, may her eyes continue to respond to the meds. Prayers for David, may his mood continue to improve and may he remain steadily on the meds. May his doctor’s find a way to help his loss of balance. Prayers for Rachel, may she continue to heal and grow stronger.
Prayers for April and her family and it was wonderful to hear from her.
Prayers for Jill and Larry and may both have minimal side effects from their vaccines.
Prayers for Lou and her family as well as all those who are dealing with extreme cold, may all stay safe and well.
Prayers for Marcy and Lucy, may Marcy’s health and emotional state continue to improve.
There is something very ripe with sacred possibility about this. Allowing God to use recognition of anger and to turn it in to an agent to move us closer to Him. I don’t believe that anger, in and of itself, is wrong. But allowing the anger to possess us, allow it to direct our actions – this is where there is danger. But if anger immediately directs us to assess what it is inside of us that permits us to be this strongly moved – and then to take it to God and ask Him to assist us in properly navigating it – this can be very holy ground. And asking Him to help us examine with His eyes, with the Spirit’s leading – what needs to change in us, so we aren’t triggered so readily in the future…yes – there is potential for transformation…lasting transformation.
I have learned much about my “trigger” this year – and the root of it is – pride. I don’t think I am outwardly prideful (probably a prideful statement in and of itself…LOL) – but inside, when I feel slighted – it comes down to pride. Even when my students cheated this year – bottom line it was pride. That recognition is a good thing – and taking it to Him and asking Him to transform me – because I cannot make that change in myself. Or any change I would be able to achieve would not be lasting.
So, we sojourn on. We look to another day, another day with His all sufficient grace and provision. Thank You, Father. May Your will be done in my life.