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June 2019 - A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
"A gentle answer turns away wrath" wrote some wise sage in the Book of Proverbs. We cannot be precise about the time or origin but some believe that it goes as far back as the time of the Pharaohs of Egypt – over five thousand years. So it is very ancient, universal and a much needed proverb in our multi-cultural age where there is division; with high tech youths who struggle with mental health issues, families with relationship issues and the world of politics with divisive anger.
So let us listen to the gentle words uttered in the name of God which spans all religions and all times “a gentle answer turns wrath”. Such is the language of Godly seers, yet for me there is the language of prayer which I share with you.
It is a Celtic prayer which I keep on me all the time and say at the end of each day.
“Lord it is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a very long day.
What has been done has been done.
What has not been done has not been done, let it be.
The night is dark.
Let our fear of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us.
The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities.
In your name we pray.
And may the Peace of the Lord be always with us and in us.