A spin off from the value of silent waiting in yesterday’s worship is a thought about responding to the angry words and actions of others. I find it really hard not to respond to angry or harshly critical words. I can feel the irritation rising in me, and before I know it I have responded with a harsh, or sarcastic, or equally critical response.
Maybe it is only in waiting and listening that we can find an appropriate response to anger and criticism. Or maybe it is only in this listening that we can discern what might be true in the words spoken to us.