The Week’s End

Friday, July 18, 2014

As we move into the week’s end, think on this:

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Handle your anger. Yes, handle it. In other words, don’t let it sit and course through your veins. It only will flow right back into YOU. Anger, if not tended to, will set up shop on the inside and, before you know it, a den of robbers will begin to steal your joy. That is not good. Anger needs attention; it knows its own power which is why it provides a moment for us to step back and rightly assess a situation. It is only fair to give it an outlet to perform. I remember an episode on Desperate Housewives when husband and father Mike Delfino (James Denton) had been killed. His wife, Susan (Teri Hatcher) and son Preston (Brent/Shane Kinsman) were putting away groceries when Preston accidentally broke a jar of jelly on the floor. Susan paused, then grabbed another jar and smashed it on the floor. What followed was a jelly-jar-smashing orchestral expression of anger over the death of Mike. After that, Susan and Preston began the process of moving through their grief. Remember Jesus brandishing that whip in anger over the thieves in the temple? (I just had a Prince moment). Anyway, He handled his anger. Matthew 21:12-13 tells us after that episode, Jesus declared, “My house will be called a house of prayer”. Exactly! Once you handle that anger you can cease from it as the Psalmist bids us to do in Psalm 37. Peace shall abide.

Run on anger. Walk on anger. Lift weights. Stomp in the basement on anger. Dance. Sing. Write it out in a journal without judgment. Pray on it. Pour water over it. Audition for a play as I did on Tuesday night to deal with my anger over an incident that blindsided me that weekend. Being in the theater was just what the doctor ordered.

Handle your anger; it’s only fair.

May peace and joy abide within you.

Happy week’s end ~ to all of you!

~ K Lynn

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