Lent Ideas and Meditations for Grandparents and Their Grand kids – Bible Verses on Forgiveness – Part 7

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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

During this last Wednesday of Lent 2011 this cross clip art reminds us of the wonderful example Jesus set for our whole Sandwich Generation family when He was on the cross

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

Comforting and Encouraging Bible Verses and Ideas for Spiritual Sunday

Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren

Last year's round-up of Lent, Good Friday, and Easter Ideas and Activities for the Sandwich Generation

    And yes, I'm already having fun thinking of more ideas for next year – Lent 2012! 🙂 

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