- The world has much to say about forgiveness, from the Mayo clinic to Oprah. Forgiveness can happen in 6, 12, or 14 steps, depending on which website you look. Positive Psychology defines forgiveness as an individual, voluntary internal process of letting go of feelings and thoughts of resentment, bitterness, anger, and the need for vengeance and retribution toward someone who we believe has wronged us, including ourselves. Sounds pretty straight forward, so why can it be so hard?
- God is good. God desires us to be happy, healthy, joyful, and loving life. Forgiveness is God’s gift to us to help make this beautiful life possible. I am sure we all know those feeling of hurt, anger, sadness, or other negative emotions when someone wrongs us and we haven’t forgiven them (yet). That is normal, but it does not have to stay that way. Change is always hard. We are creatures of comfort, and change is not that. We may even be afraid of change, afraid of forgiving someone, thinking it might result in a negative outcome. That also is normal. Still, change is 100% normal, and part of life. To be afraid of change is akin to being afraid of being human. Fear not! Is one of Jesus’ frequent things to say.
- Jesus taught a lot about forgiveness, and it’s a little different than the definition from yesterday. We are going to explore what Jesus had to say about forgiveness in this series, and work through our own feelings towards those who have wronged us. Everyone needs to forgive someone at some time. (I found it easiest to practice on my kids when they were little, because they would so easily forgive me when I yelled at them.)
Late April, a new series will begin on Facebook on hurt, anger, and forgiveness…
January 2021! Who thought the world would make it? God’s still in control, still here, having the sun rise on new day after new day. What will you do with that? Will you do something new this year? Will you dare to grow? Will you truly live? Follow along on Cornerstone’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Cornerstone-Dunnville-261197864484273, for posts and online events for you and your family. See you there!
December 11 at 5:30-7:30
When there is a moment that causes you to take notice, then take notice! Pause and take a journey around the kairos circle to determine if God is trying to catch your attention, and if so, then what?
What is it? Where is it from? Can we do it? How?
This Saturday, 5:00-8:00pm at the Reid Family Farm. Bring food for you and yours, bring friends, chairs, musical instruments, and come to have fun, sing campfire songs, tell or listen to stories, play games, and the zip line is available too!!!
Sorry to cancel this Saturday’s campfire – a family event pulled rank. Hope to see y’all next Wednesday at 5:30!
This summer, we’ll talk about finding the real ‘you’, the ‘you’ God created before the world had its way with you. We’ll talk about the ground rules God laid with the Ten Commandments. We’ll talk about the changes that came about with the coming of Jesus, and how those ground rules were re-interpreted by him. We’ll talk about dirt – the kind where seeds take root and multiply – and what that means for you and me. And we’ll also talk about how all this talk might have a lasting, transforming impact on our lives going forward. And as always, there’s time for many random questions and fun facts.