“Do not gloat over the day of your brother, the day of his disaster.”—Obadiah 12a
It’s kind of tricky. If we have a falling out with a sibling, it’s tempting to gloat or rejoice over any subsequent debacles their life. Of course, this doesn’t help anything. Instead, pray for your sibling. It’s quite plausible that his or her time of despair is actually a time of growth—let him or her grow. Let your prayers help your sibling. Your heart will feel lighter.
Oh Prophet Obadiah,
Help me to listen to your words and not get smirky
when an estranged sibling or friend goes through a time of trial.
Let compassion and prayer take over my heart.
Help me to want what’s best for them, despite any past hurts.
The memorial of Obadiah is November 19—just days before Thanksgiving. Maybe November 19 could also be a good day to ask Obadiah to help you with any family relationships that are hurting, as a way to help relationships find a peaceful common ground on Thanksgiving.