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Letters from the week of 23 - 29 January 2017

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Chaplaincy and prayerful anger

Your article on anger and how it is important to discuss this emotion is an important part of my hospital ministry as a chaplain. So many human beings are taught at an early age that anger is to be suppressed and swallowed. In my interactions with those facing challenges with a mental illness, anger, especially anger at the divine, is a constant thread in our conversations. People, who are rightly angry at their lot in life, find it hard to express this emotion prayerfully in conversations with the creator of all things. I am thankful for the Psalms and their use of anger as part of the process of prayerful supplication. In light of world events of late I think that I do not fully understand what to be angry with? Is it with apathy or protectionism or misogyny or racism or tribalism or evil? I am in shock/discouraged/winded and not yet ready to be angry. "How can we play our harps in this strange land???"

Rev Donald Shields
Grace Church, Markham
Ontario, Canada
23 January 2017

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