Advent Reflection – Day 5

“Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger and abounding in kindness” ~Psalm 103:8


I was arguing with my daughter as we drove through a snow storm. I don’t even remember what the fight was about. But as we raised our voices, hurling angry words, our SUV began spinning on the ice. We ended up in a ditch. While waiting for help to come, we hugged each other, realizing how close we had come to death.

“Anger got the best of us,” I told my daughter.

The psalms tell us that the Lord is “slow to anger.” This passage invite us to take a deep breath before we lash out at someone.

Today, consider following God’s anger management plan. Be merciful, slow to anger, and kind.

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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