Take a quiet moment to reflect on a time when someone has hurt you — intentionally or unwittingly. Have you forgiven them? How difficult was it to forgive? What might have moved you more easily from hurt to forgiveness? Did you receive an apology? How did that feel? Did you express your forgiveness to the person who hurt you, or did you keep it to yourself?
This session helps the children understand the power of forgiveness. When one forgives, one generally feels better about the hurt that has transpired. Forgiveness can heal conflict between people and allow them to move forward together. Although it can be very hard to feel and express — or perhaps because it can be so hard — forgiving someone is a very strong expression of our Unitarian Universalist Principles.
Is there someone you need to forgive? Bring your willingness to forgive into your leadership today.