Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Tuesday - Forgiveness

Prayer:  Great God,  help us to listen to Your voice today so that we can be Your love to this world.  Amen. 


Read St. Luke 22: 63 – 65


Boy,  these are difficult scriptures to read aren’t they.  But it is through these stories of Jesus’ arrest and the mocking of the Soldiers that we remember the great sacrifice Jesus made of us.


In order for each of us to grow as mature Christians,  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.  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 brother that forgot your birthday.

On the right hand side of the paper,  write beside each person,  “Dear ________,  I do forgive you for  _____________ and I set you free.  I do forgive myself for feeling hurt, angry, violated and I do set myself free.”

Wait until you fell different in any way when you think about that person.  Then go on 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.

The more we forgive the more healing can be accomplished.


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 replaced them with Your  forgiveness and love.  May I too be the love of God to all those that I meet this day.  Help me to find blessings and opportunities even in the most challenging experiences.  Lamb of God, You take away my sins.  Grant me Your peace.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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