Just ask for forgiveness (PS)

Published September 15, 2016 by humanlign

Theme: Christ forgives those that ask for forgiveness.

Early childhood considerations:

Children think if they sin, God will not like them.

God loves all children, but God does not like their sins.

Scripture Reading: The parable of the Lost Son

Luke 15:11-32

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

Discussion:

Two of the most important examples in this parable are that the younger son asked his father for forgiveness (or at least admitted he was wrong) and his father forgave him (as our Father forgives us and as we are to forgive others).

Continuing on the topic of forgiving, the following puppet narrative brings the subject a little closer to home. 

Puppet Script: (Puppets, Fred and Jane)

Fred

Hi Jane.

Jane

Hi Fred.

Fred

How was your summer? Did you go on a vacation?

Jane

Yes, my mom and my dad and my brother and I went to Disneyland.

Fred

Wow! How many rides did you go on?

Jane

I think I went on all of them. What about you Fred? Where did you go?

Fred

Nowhere!

Jane

Oh, I’m sorry. You mean you didn’t go on a vacation?

Fred

Yes. We just stayed home! And it was all my brother’s fault!

Jane

Oh really? What did your brother Billy do? Was he bad?

Fred

Well, he didn’t DO anything.

Jane

What? I don’t understand. You said not going on vacation was Billy’s fault.

Fred

Well, as you know, Billy just finished high school and this year he goes to college. And college costs a lot of money. My parents didn’t have enough money this year to pay for a vacation AND to pay for Billy’s college education. So, they paid for Billy’s college instead of a vacation!

Jane

Oh, I see. Are you angry with Billy?

Fred

Yes I am.  I am mad at him. It’s his fault and I told him so.

Jane

Do you think that going to Disneyland is more important than Billy going to college?

Fred

Absolutely!

Jane

Fred, let me ask you a question. When you finish high school — if your parents don’t have much money again — would you want your parents to send you to Disneyland or use the money to pay for your education?

Fred

Well, I would rather go to Disneyland, but I have to go to college to get a job and make money.

Jane

You’re right. You need to go to college in order to get good job and make money.

Fred

I know. That’s what I just said.

Jane

So, your parents did the right thing by paying for Billy’s college instead of paying for a vacation.

Fred

I suppose so.

Jane

And it really isn’t Billy’s fault that you could not go on a vacation, even though the money was spent on his education.

Fred

Well, technically no.

Jane

So, maybe you should apologize to Billy for getting mad at him.

Fred

Yes, you’re right. I will tell him that I am sorry.

Discussion:

Was Fred wrong for being mad at his brother?

Have you ever been mad at your sister or brother or parents for something they did?

How does it feel when someone says to you that they are sorry for being or saying something bad to you?

Apologizing or saying you are sorry to someone for something wrong that you did or said to them is like asking them to forgive you.

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