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Grace Prayer

By God's grace, I ask for wholeness in the brokenness of my life

Becoming Fully Present

Pray through Psalm 73. Then become in touch with that which angers you at the moment.

Input (Bible, quotes, stories)

Anger is an emotion that is all around us. Social media is one of the ways in which we can easily get caught up in cycles of anger. Anger is not always negative and in this week we will explore the role of anger in the lives of Christ followers. The apostle Paul gives us some important guidelines when we deal with anger. He wrote to the Ephesians,

Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.

Paul followed Jesus who taught his disciples how to channel anger,

“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.” Matthew 5:21-26

James Bryan Smith in his excellent book, “The Good and Beautiful Life” makes the comment that anger results from Unmet expectations + Fear. Smith further distinguishes between visceral and meditative anger. Here is how he describes these types of angers,

“There are different kinds of anger. A common type is visceral anger, the kind that hits us immediately, as when a waiter accidentally spills food onto our lap. There is very little lag time between the action and the reaction. It all happens very fast and our bodies react. We can work on this kind of anger, but it is not something we can prepare for. Jesus’ apprentices can learn to respond differently to visceral anger, ger, but this will take time. A second type of anger, one that is more common and more damaging aging to the soul, is meditative anger. This kind of anger grows over a period of time. The more we stew on it, the worse it becomes. We can work on this anger more easily because we have more time to process the narratives that cause it.”

Reflection Questions

What angers you the most in your day to day life? What angers people the most in their daily interactions with you? What angers God? What angers your closest friends? What do you think is the link between anger and language?

Training Exercise

Choose a day this week to fast from all social media, use the space to pray St France's prayer, ""Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

Blessing for the week

May you learn to channel anger away from destructive behaviors and into creative impulses.

Group Order of Meeting

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