Saturday, 25 February 2012

Preparatory Retreat Saturday

Aaaaah,  Saturdays.  The day of preparing for Church.  The day of continuing paperwork.  On Tuesday the Museum will be going to the XII MB Dragoons 2528 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Virden to present our Powerpoint Slide show and Travelling Exhibit on the WW1 Battle of Vimy.   Creating the Powerpoint presentation has been a great time of research and learning.    Always nice to know that old buffaloes can learn new things :)

On great way to prepare for Sunday and to look inward at our lives for Lent is a time of Forgiveness.  This way of meditating upon Forgiveness came from Anke Hendry.    It is amazing as it makes each of us think... and then ask forgiveness.  


In order for each of us to be able to say “thank you God”, we need to forgive ourselves and others.   The Forgiveness Prayer exercise today is an easy one but a thorough exercise.
Fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise.   On the left hand side  write the name of the person and  what they have done to you.  Add anyone you can think of on this list…. From the driver who didn’t stop to let you cross the road to the sister that forgot your birthday.
The more we forgive the more healing can be done. 
When you are done writing the names on the left hand side of your paper, start writing on the right hand side this phrase

 Dear _________, I do forgive you for _____________ and I set you free.  Through the love and forgiveness of God,  I do forgive myself for feeling hurt/ angry/  violated and I know that God will set my free.

Wait until you feel different in anyway when you think about that person.  Then go to the next name on your list.  Sometimes the list is a few names and sometimes the list is pages long.   But remember,  the more we forgive the more of God’s love we share. 

End your  Forgiveness Prayer exercise with this  prayer: 
God of all Graciousness,  I thank you that I can come to you with heavy burdens and You take all my burdens  from me.  Thank you Great God that you have taken my sorrows and anger and replace them with Your forgiveness and love.   May I too be the love of God to all those that I meet this day.  Assist me as you assisted the early Apostles and Church leaders to find blessings and opportunities even in the most challenging experiences.  In Jesus’ Name I pray.   Amen.

Many Blessings and Happy Birthday to Me :)

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