Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Reflections by Annette Roux, Retired Pastoral Associate

“Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”   Ephesians 4:26


In his gravesite tribute to a famous Dutch scientist, Albert Einstein didn’t mention their scientific disputes.  Instead, he recalled the “never-failing kindness” of Hendrik A. Lorentz, a beloved physicist known for his easy manner and fair treatment of others.  “Everyone followed him gladly,”  Einstein said, “for they felt he never set out to dominate but always to be of use.”  Lorentz inspired scientists to put aside political prejudices and work together, especially after World War I.  “Even before the War was over,” Einstein said of his fellow Nobel Prize winner, “he devoted himself to the work of reconciliation.”  Working for reconciliation should be the goal of all of us as well.  True, some conflict is inevitable.  Yet we must do our part to work for peaceful resolutions.  To grow together, the Apostle advised, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.”  Finally, said Paul, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as Christ God forgave you.”  Turning from conflict, whenever we are able to build a better relationship with God and healing within our families and community.  In this, indeed, we honor Him.


Meditation: How can God help you deal with conflict? To honor Him, what conflict should you let go?


Prayer: Loving God, when I face conflict remind my heart to turn my anger over to you.  Amen