Daily Dose, June 6 — Moments to Remember

Do not be quick to anger, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. (Ecclesiastes 7:9)

I could tell she was mad as soon as I answered the phone. The tone of, “May I speak with Reverend Martin?” clearly indicated the ensuing conversation would not be pleasant. She raked me over the coals for being inattentive to her dying mother some years earlier. She called my integrity into question with several rapid-fire declarations of contempt and criticism. She spewed out the venomous declaration that she wished to God I had never served at the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church.

Since I had, in fact, never served the Mt. Pleasant church, the error of her phone dialing skill became clear to me.

“Ma’am,” said I, “I’m quite sure you are speaking with the wrong Reverend Martin. I am Donald C. Martin, and I believe you are trying to reach Reverend Donald E. Martin. I’ll be happy to get you his number from the Conference Journal.”

“No thank you,” she replied. “I feel better now.”

I hung up the phone glad that I had proved useful to her. But I hurt for her more than I can say. How long had she carried that heavy load of anger? Why didn’t she engage Reverend “E.” Martin sooner? Who knows the answer?

I am sure that we do injure and offend one another as we travel our life journey. Anger is a part of that journey. But learning how to get along with people and forgive people and move on with our life does matter. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don