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Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.
--Ephesians 4:31 (NLT)
Army Private Alexandra Benkowski was sitting in LaGuardia International Airport, New York on her way home from training at Fort Drum. In anticipation of being screened, Private Benkowski arrived three hours early. Screening only required twenty minutes. She could relax knowing that within two and half hours she would be on her way home to be with her family before her deployment to the Middle East.
As the departure time neared, the public address person announced a delay due to bad weather and dangerous flying conditions. As a result, all of Private Benkowski’s connecting flights were thrown off schedule. Now having to endure unknown layover hours, Private Benkowski was very angry.
Who could she blame? No one she could think of. Though no one could be a target, she, nonetheless, was still angry. Before long she had no appetite, began to develop a headache and could not sleep. Soon Private Benkowski’s anger began to cause physical harm. She now had a choice either to continue down her destructive path or letting go of her anger.
So after thirty hours of flight delays, Private Benkowski decided to let go of her anger and let God take over the situation. Within a matter of minutes, her headache left, she was able to eat and rest. She made several new friends one who offered her a high paying job once she completed her military duty. Afterwards Private Benkowski decided to work at not letting anger control her.
Prayer: Heavenly Father grant me the ability and strength not to let unjustified anger rule.
Let me instead offer what I do not know or understand up to You.
Stephen A. Peterson
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