And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.—ROMANS 5:5 NIV
Anger is a common emotion for caregivers. So is courage. Interestingly, they’re related.
St. Augustine said, “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”
The long line at the pharmacy annoys us. We’re offended by a television show’s feeble attempt at humor by making fun of a person’s confusion and disability. We are outraged by the illness or injury that invaded not only our loved one’s life but the lives of others in our family, as well.
Though anger is a normal reaction to many of the situations we face, it robs us of our energy and perspective. Do we allow anger to seep into every crevice of our lives, leaving us stuck in the bottomless pit of resentment? Or will we ask for God’s courage to break free from this emotion and redirect it into positive action?
We can rely on God to help us recognize the deep emotions of caregiving. His hope fills our hearts with courage. He leads the way so we can confront irritating situations with grace and forgiveness.