Gentle is the one who does “not break the crushed reed, or snuff the faltering wick” (Matthew 12:20). Gentle is the one who is attentive to the strengths and weaknesses of the other and enjoys being together more than accomplishing something. A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly, and touches with reverence. A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force. Let’s dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us’. Henri Nouwen
Gentle is the one. . . . . Sometimes it is hard to see gentleness in our world today. We are being lambasted with horrific scenes of beheadings and riots, neighborhood shootings, illnesses and it goes on and on.
It is always good to remember the God of Life is with us always. I know, it is difficult sometimes to realize this or even feel God’s presence, but God is in us and for us. Cry out to the heavens to Jesus’ mother asking for her comfort and solace when times get too rough. It could be anything you are going through right now. Give it to God, yell at God if you have to, God has huge shoulders and can handle it. Sometimes we just have to get it off our chest to feel better.
I had a friend who told me that we can’t yell at God. I told her that is it perfectly ok to yell at God. This is how we let God know what is on our mind and heart. If we love God, really love God it is ok to yell. Don’t lovers do the same. You confide to the one who loves you best. . .you yell when you get irritated don’t you? Job questioned God didn’t he? We are no different. . .let God know how you feel and before you know it you are feeling better and I’m willing to bet that God has given you new motivations and ideas to make this life more gentle, more loving, more like God.
“A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force. Let’s dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us.”
Sandy Ozanich (c) September 5, 2014