RESPOND WITH LOVE
Read Luke 6: 27-31
Bless those who curse you. Pray for
those who mistreat you.
Years ago I worked with individuals who had suffered
traumatic brain injuries. Most of my clients were people who
had been in motorcycle or car wrecks. Some of them were
able to interact with staff and others who had similar injuries.
Others were prisoners in their own bodies.
It was my job as an independent living instructor to
help each person to become as self-sufficient as possible.
I assisted each person with eating meals, completing light
work, and playing table games. Their injuries made many
of my clients susceptible to sudden outbursts of anger and
sometimes violence. Any staff member on the receiving
end of an outburst was trained not to take it personally — it
was only a symptom of the brain injury. We were trained to
remain calm and ignore the outburst. I wondered whether
I could apply this knowledge to the rest of my life.
In today’s reading, Jesus teaches us to turn the other cheek
to outbursts from others.
People may act out because
of a traumatic event or situation in their lives. If we
don’t take these outbursts
personally, we can follow
Jesus’ instruction and example by responding with love.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to respond with your love when
others lash out because of their pain. Amen.
Scott Wierenga (Michigan)
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE WITH BRAIN INJURIES
— Luke 6: 28 (CEB)
Thought for the Day
How can I respond to
outbursts of anger
with God’s love?