Monday, March 19, 2012

The Fourth Week of Lent: Gift of Forgiveness

Forgiveness can be one of the most difficult concepts to grasp.

This may explain why it’s one of the most difficult and greatest gifts to give. It may sound a bit cliché, but one of the best definitions of forgiveness I’ve ever heard was actually stated by Oprah Winfrey. Oprah’s definition of forgiveness is, “to accept the fact that the past can’t change.”

“We all want to be happy. Perhaps the greatest obstacle to happiness for most people is resentment. It’s easy to see how widespread this problem is: just notice the critical tone of so many conversations, the anger, the complaints and lamentations, the excuses, negative thoughts, frustrations, family divisions, marriage breakdowns, eagerness for vindication or vengeance, labor disputes, social problems, even conflicts between nations.” – Lori Schaab

Helping our children become more forgiving as adults begins at home with our example and our guidance.

Youth Activities for Teaching Forgiveness:
Lord’s Prayer Coloring Pages

Joseph forgives his brothers video clip.

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