Friday, May 25, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This month’s discussion, lead by a well-versed Lydia Bredemeir centered around the topic of forgiveness. A large poster of the famous Rembrandt painting of the Prodigal Son was displayed and explained using excerpts from Father Henri Nouwen’s well known book of the same name.
Some profound thoughts included;
v Having a discipline of gratitude
v Choose to be grateful even when emotions are involved
v Love without expecting to be loved in return
v God is searching for me!?
v We are engraved in the palm of His hand
v God is searching for us. He takes initiative just as the Father in the parable took initiative with his younger son.
If one looks at the hands of the father in the picture, one hand appears very masculine, but the other is feminine, comforting and consoling. God wants to comfort and console us as a mother comforts her child. As Father Nouwen often pointed out in his lectures and writing, all of us have been poorly loved in this world, and many of us have a great fear of the Father. We must let go of that fear and become liked the father ourselves. At different times in our lives we are the prodigal, but we are often the older brother.However, we must become like the Father and forgive from the heart. This forgiveness is an act of magnanimous generosity. It is when we give ourselves that we become a true disciple. There must be no prerequisites to your forgiveness. Just forgive.