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A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 27: Forgiving and Healing


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Each Year One Lesson includes:

Teacher Introduction/Getting to the Heart of the Lesson, Teacher Reflection, Spiritual Affirmation with full color Art, Original Story, and Activities, Bible Verses, Wisdom Quotes


Lesson 27 from Year One is about: Forgiving and Healing, “A Lion in the Garden”

Original Story: St. Jerome and the Lion


Affirmation: I forgive as I can and my heart is full of light.


Getting to the Heart of the Lesson


Without forgiveness, our hearts grow full of hurt, and there is no room for love.


There is abundant love within each of us, but even when we try to act as messengers of love in the world, we often mess up the message. Like the old game of telephone, where a message is passed along and completely mixed up by the time it reaches the end of the line, we mix up divine love with our own desires, confusions, and misunderstandings and end up hurting one another. Then we must forgive.
Getting children to say the words, “I forgive you,” is not enough. True forgiveness is inward and will actually remove the hurts we have from our hearts, like pulling weeds in a beautiful garden. Forgiving is not simply a gift we give someone who has wronged us, either; it is a step in our own spiritual growth that will enable our hearts to blossom as intended.


Affirmation 27 - I forgive as I can and my heart is full of light
Affirmation: I forgive as I can and my heart is full of light.


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