Forgiveness Station

We have all been hurt and we have all hurt others.  When we have been hurt by someone and we hold a grudge, it is as if we are carrying a large river rock around.  The weight is tiresome.  We have a choice.  We can choose to let go of the bitterness and resentment, or we can choose to cling to it.  When we choose to grasp tightly to our bitterness and resentment, we lessen the quality of our lives.  We can choose to release it.  We, who are made in the image of God, can choose to forgive.  Reconciliation with that person may or may not be possible.  We cannot control how other people act or respond in life, but we can choose how we act and respond.  We can opt to choose forgiveness.

Likewise, we have sinned and continue to sin.  Most of us have habitual sins, sins with which we struggle over and over again.  Yet we have a loving God, who when we come before God remorseful of our actions, God in God’s mercy and grace offers us forgiveness.  God lifts us up out of the miry bog and washes away our sin, offering us peace, reconciliation, and wholeness.  We are forgiven, loved, and freed.  Does this mean we can go around sinning all the more so grace can abound.  As Paul says repeatedly in scripture, “By no means.”  As we grow in our relationship with God, we want to be more like God.  

Station Directives:

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.  Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” Luke 6:27 & 28

Meditate on the above scripture verses.  Ponder who are your enemies? Your adversaries?  Who are the people with whom you do not get along?  When a name (or names) pops into your head, pick up a stone, and use a marker to write the person‘s initials on the stone.

Now, mediate on this scripture:  “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  . . . Do not let sin control the way you live.” Romans 3:23 and 6:12 

As you do so, ponder a sin with which you struggle.  Write the sin on the other side of the rock.

While holding the stone in your hand, say a prayer of blessing for the person you wrote down.  Then say a prayer for the sin with which you struggle.  After praying, wash the stone in the water and allow God to wash away the grudge you hold against that person as the water washes the ink off.  Allow God to wash away that sin with which you struggle.   If you are able to set in motion the blessing for the person you prayed for, take the stone home with you to remember to do so, otherwise just put your clean stone back into the pile.

Supplies Needed:  Large River Rocks (I recommend Mexican Beach Pebbles found at your local hardware store), Clear Containers, Water, Washable Markers, Paper Towels, Trash Receptacles, and Station Directives.

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