Language is perhaps one of the many things we adults take for granted. When we want something, or when we are frustrated or irritated, we can say so. Often, as adults, we’ve convinced ourselves that we shouldn’t express our anger, grief or lament, but what is the gift of language if not a means to share the totality of what we feel?
Many of us—especially women—have internalized a belief that anger is wrong. When we are angry, we decide that we are the problem, that we should get over it and move on.
Our emotions are natural, a gift from God. We are not meant to hide them, but to harness them. And it is only in sharing them that we begin to move forward, to make the world a better place.
This message is an excerpt from “The language of our hearts” by Sarah Carson in the September 2019 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church, who died in 1226, and Theodor Fliedner, renewer of society, who died in 1864.
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