Learn this from me. Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.” Mitch Albom
Meditation: Anger when carried unexpressed for too long becomes depression. Depression when carried for too long becomes anger turned against one’s self. Eventually depression is so painful that it either leads to physical or mental illness or to rage that suddenly erupts. When injustices that happened to us are not addressed, we become poisoned from the inside. Eventually the family we live in will be exposed to those toxins. Either because depression takes the person emotionally away, or because rage inflicts harm on those we love the most. Anger needs to be expressed and released in a safe space or it becomes poison. God invites us to allow our anger to come out, so we no longer harm ourselves and end up locked in depression or rage. God does not want anger to separate us from ourselves and from those we love.
Prayer: God, the anger about injustice needs to be honored and expressed. Jesus did so in the here and now. Help us to not think we are “above anger”, when in reality it eats us up inside. You love us too much as to allow anger and rage to destroy us or those we love. Help us to direct anger to where it belongs. Help us to find safe places where we can release the toxins of anger, depression and rage. Amen
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. Ephesians 4:26