Thursday October 22, 2020
Begin this new day by praying this prayer out loud. As you are able, consider kneeling as a physical expression of your commitment to Jesus as Lord of your life and the one you desire to lead you this day. Alternatively, you might consider placing a hand over your heart as you pray this prayer.
Lord, grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by You,
always follow Your plans,
and perfectly accomplish Your Holy Will.
Grant that in all things, great and small,
today and all the days of my life,
I may do whatever You require of me.
Help me respond to the slightest prompting of Your Grace,
so that I may be Your trustworthy instrument for Your honor.
May Your Will be done in time and in eternity by me,
in me, and through me. Amen.
— (St. Teresa of Avila, 16th century Carmelite nun)
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Have you ever been truly angry? Have you ever felt bad about getting angry, and if so, why? My guess is your remorse has more to do with how you expressed your anger than the experience of being angry. In this passage, Paul says, “in your anger do not sin.” We will get angry, and we have to make decisions about what we do with it. Anger is a perfectly natural response to injustice, but how we express anger is the real issue. A lot is happening in our current climate that can trigger our anger. As such, we must find healthy ways to respond to the perceived injustices and deeply felt hurts and frustrations we experience.
How, then, can we use our anger productively? How can we experience anger and repurpose our experience to generate healing and restoration rather than harmful divisions?
When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.
Oh God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For Your sake, O Lord, look with favor on this dry and thirsty land. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, listen! Oh Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your name. (Daniel 9:17-19)
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