an hour later it is discovered that it was too much, things did not go as they should have. i take a deep breath (thank you, Holy Spirit), then another. i respond, gently (His grace). it is received well.
another hour passes and the boy-love is looking for his sister. he seeks, he finds.
there are tears from my girl-love. we talk. we talk of her Father's unconditional love. of His forgiveness. of mommy's love and forgiveness too. there is peace.
i am thankful. there was a time ((perhaps yesterday)) when i may have responded less lovingly, less gentle. but this day, because of Him, in Him, i responded with a gentle answer. praise Him, a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1).
Father God. Abba. thank you for a gentle answer.