Thursday, August 23, 2007

How to deal

I am trying to come to terms with how to deal with a situation as a Christian. I'm leaving the details out, which probably isn't fair but I am sick of rehashing this experience.

In brief the situation entails me and my daughter being attacked verbally at church. The attacker is not a member of our church.

I feel that we have the complete support of the church leadership in taking the position that we were the victims in this situation which I very much appreciate. But how do I choose to respond?

I kind of think I know how I should respond as a Christian but my heart is not there. The best I can manage at this point is to endeavor not to harbor anger. I should not even say that I am managing that because I'm not. I am only able to ask God to manage it for me. Interestingly every time my radio station is tuned to Christian radio someone is discussing how to deal with anger, both in yourself and in others. My exact situation.

I am hanging on to Proverbs 15:1
1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 29:11
11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.
I am also taking a stab a dealing with it using humor. It would have been entirely appropriate to state at the height of this man's ranting, "I wasn't expecting a kind of Spanish Inquisition."

Sadly I have very little hope of any positive resolution but stay tuned. If God deems it useful to provide some sort of miracle I will shout it from the blogosphere, and every other sphere.


HeyJules said...

Wow. Although I think you're on the right track here, I sure feel for you. That this happened at church makes it even more sickening. I'll keep you in my prayers...

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