“Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back--in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.” -Frederick Buechner
In his little book Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC, Frederick Buechner defines theological words in the wittiest of ways. Renamed A Seeker's ABC in its later edition, this book rephrases words from our faith journey in a way that makes the seeker stop, look and listen.
Perhaps Holy Week is an appropriate time to look at our anger. Some might say it was our anger that crucified Jesus. And in the greatest of all paradoxes, despite what our anger and fear did, his death saved us. Once again, Love won!
As I journey in Holy Week this year, I long to seek out those angry places in my heart and pray for freedom from them...that God might turn them into Love, reminding me yet again of the great victory of Easter...but it is only Monday. I have a long walk ahead.