Are any of you angry? You should pray…

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. James 5:13

It’s one of those days.  As I read the extended text for today, the writer of James is making it clear that in any and all circumstances, we are called upon to pray.  In fact, wasn’t it St. Augustine who said, “whoever sings, prays twice?”  Though I believe the word “well” was in there – whoever sings well, prays twice! Ha!

Well, today for a variety of reasons, none of which I’m proud of, I’m angry with God.  So my inclination is to shut God out.  Turn my back.  Close the door behind me.  Ignore this God who always seems to have the final word….

Are any of you angry?  You should pray…

Yesterday in a pre-marriage counseling session using Prepare and Enrich, we began to talk a bit about conflict resolution; about the need to communicate no matter what; about finding the right time, space, and words to use that don’t incriminate the other, but express our own feelings while at the same time practicing active listening that then draws both together into life-giving conversation.

I think I need a little of that today – conflict resolution with God.  I need to express my anger to God – not towards God – and then I guess I’m going to have to actively listen.  I guess I’m going to have to pray.

Are any of you angry?  You should pray…

Prayer is what keeps us connected to God.  I think that’s what the writer of James was talking about – to pray no matter what and for all circumstances.  To communicate with God both in expressing what lies within my heart, but then listening for God’s grace, love, compassion, and peace that may pass my understanding, yet draw me further into relationship with God to trust in God’s unfailing mercy to have heard my cry and to have already acted. And so I pray.

I’m going to be ok today.  Tomorrow will bring it’s own set of challenges and joys. But by the grace of God I will remain in God and God in me as my mourning will turn into dancing.

Are any of you angry?  You should pray…

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