The following is a story that I believe is extremely appropriate for these days in which we live when so many from diverse walks of life are so filled with anger and venom and the loss of the gift of emotional, spiritual and psychological absorption. Or, the inability to “turn the other cheek” as Jesus said.
“Calmness, self-possession, and silence are often the best answers to insults or unfair accusations. When Washington was accused of drunkenness, immorality, treason, and a desire to be king, he refused to reply. Lincoln, slandered and vilified for his war policies, met all with dignified silence.
“In a little North Carolina town many years ago a Methodist minister enraged some of his parishioners by befriending and helping black people. One former army colonel took particular offense and when he saw the minister on the street, he greeted him with a loud outburst of abuse and blistering profanity. The minister stood still, white-faced but calm, while the tirade continued. Finally the angry abuse stopped and the minister said, ‘Is that all? Then I bid you good morning.’ He quietly stepped around the still-angered but now deflated colonel and went his way.”
May we, during this season of Lent, meditate deeply upon the Christ, who upon the cross absorbed the “angry abuse” of the world with the words, “Father forgive them…………”.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 9:56 AM EDT