In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
A dove with an olive branch in its beak is a symbol for peace. When countries are at war, people who want the war to end will often use the symbol of a dove to stand for their desire for peace. When people are arguing or fighting, and someone wants to offer peace and end the fight, we say they want to give the other person an olive branch. It means you are ready to forgive the other person, and ask them to forgive you, too. Forgiving somebody helps you stop fighting and make peace together. It may seem easy to hand someone a branch and end a fight. But, it only works if you are ready to forgive.
Ask," What words do you say when you want someone to forgive you?" Affirm the responses, such as "I'm sorry."
Ask," What words do you say when you are ready to forgive someone else?" Affirm the responses such as: "I forgive you." "It's OK." "I'm not angry anymore" and "Let's be friends and play."
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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