Thanks to those, named and unnamed, who prayed for the friend I mentioned a little while back and for whom MadPriest also appealed for prayers.
I am happy to report that Friend X has gotten some sleep and that the worst of the crippling insomnia seems to have abated. Was it the acupuncture treatment, the release of anger, the prayers, or all of these? Only G*d knows, but X is sleeping at night again.
He is also going through some inner transition that has some consequences for his work life.
He is still bearing many burdens both external and internal. Thank you for your prayers, and of your charity, please continue to pray.
Last week I found myself praying that the mothering Jesus about whom Julian of Norwich writes would reveal h-self to my friend: at the same time I prayed for a softening of the heart.
Anger can be an engine for justice. It can be a holy and righteous fire. It can also age, acquire knotted layers, fester into resentment and gall. In those circumstances it is hard, hard, hard to carry inside. Sometimes it is so intractable that it takes more than a good shrink to help get to its core and to help it melt; it can be one of those realities of which Jesus spoke when he said "it can only be driven out by prayer."
(Mind, I'm not judging the reasons for this kind of anger. They are legitimate and understandable. I'm more concerned with the long-term effects on a person.)
If you are not someone who prays, please send solidarity.
If you are someone who prays, send solidarity too!
P.S. This person really loves animals.
See here for another species.