Lent 2011 is in its final week – Holy Week. A week to remember all that Jesus did for us on the cross and in His resurrection. Today, I wanted to focus on what an awesome example He set for all of us – from our kids and grandkids to all of us boomers and seniors. There are so many I could choose from but I'm picking one, as it's especially apt for this loving but imperfect Sandwich Generation granny nanny and her cute, but equally imperfect grandkids
I have to be honest and say that, if I was hanging on the cross after being beaten and tortured, I'd be feeling pretty upset. And I'm pretty sure that the last thing I'd be doing is wanting to forgive those who hurt me. Yet, that's just what Jesus did. In the midst of pain, turmoil, and chaos – He chose to follow His own teaching and forgive those who had hurt Him. What a tremendous concept to teach our grandkids – and remind ourselves!
Jesus – "In Whom we have…the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:12
Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34
It's not easy to consistently forgive. Especially when we're tired, sick, hungry, or just plain cranky. But that's what Jesus did. And that's what He calls for us to do. And that's what these encouraging Bible verses remind us today and everyday. I wish I could say we'll all be perfect at it from now on. Fraid not. That whole imperfect part, again! BUT we CAN keep fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2). And keep praising Him for His forgiveness for us as we keep trying to follow His wonderful example!
For more interesting pictures and uplifting Bible verses, I invite you to visit Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday. It's definitely a blessing for all of us in the Sandwich Generation and beyond.
P.S. Here are all of this year's thoughts, meditations, and activities for Lent, including for our kids and grandkids:
Uplifting and Encouraging Bible Verses and Ideas for Word-Filled Wednesday
- Lent and Easter Activities, Ideas and Bible Memory Verses for Grandparents and Their Grand Kids – Part 1
- Lent Ideas and Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren – Part 2
- The Trinity Explained to Children Using Easter Activities for Grandparents and Grandchildren – Part 3
- Lent Ideas and Meditations for Grandparents and Their Grand kids – Part 4
- Using Lent Clipart and Bible Verses for Children and Grandchildren to Teach Them to Share God’s Love – Part 5
- Lent Ideas and Meditations for Grandparents and Their Grand kids – Part 6
Comforting and Encouraging Bible Verses and Ideas for Spiritual Sunday
- Devotions for Lent 2011: Simple Scripture Prayers of Jesus in the Garden Are a Blessing to Those of Us Caring for Elderly Parents
- Ideas for The Sandwich Generation To Help Victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
- Lent Music for Holy Trinity Projects and Activities for Grandparents and Grand kids
- Got One of “Those Weeks”? Cling To These Comforting Bible Verses
- Praise and Worship Music and Devotions for Lent to Bless the Sandwich Generation Family
- The Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny and Her Grandkids are Sharing Hosanna In the Highest Praises With You On This Palm Sunday
Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren
- Fun Educational Easter Activities for Grandparents and Grandchildren with LEGOs and Easter Eggs
Last year's round-up of Lent, Good Friday, and Easter Ideas and Activities for the Sandwich Generation
- The Sandwich Generation Roundup: Lent and Easter Ideas and Activities For Grandparents and Grandchildren
And yes, I'm already having fun thinking of more ideas for next year – Lent 2012! 🙂
On This Page...
- Uplifting and Encouraging Bible Verses and Ideas for Word-Filled Wednesday
- Comforting and Encouraging Bible Verses and Ideas for Spiritual Sunday
- Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren
- Fun, Easy, and Yummy Easter Crafts for Grandkids
- Last year's round-up of Lent, Good Friday, and Easter Ideas and Activities for the Sandwich Generation