Thursday, September 4, 2014

9. Freedom! (We Make the Road by Walking)


1.  What one thought or idea from today's lesson especially intrigued, provoked, disturbed, challenged, encouraged, warmed, warned, helped, or surprised you?

2.  Share a story about how a conflict or rivalry with a family member, friend, or colleague challenged you to face yourself... and God.

3.  Respond to the idea that in revenge, we seek to imitate the person who has wronged us, and that in reconciliation, we imitate and reflect God.

4.  Tell us about someone you had a chance to forgive.


5.  Look for opportunities for others to "see the face of God" in your face, and seek the face of God in their faces, too — especially those you may see as rivals or outcasts.


6.  In silence, ponder forgiveness, and thank God for the joy of being forgiven — and for the release of forgiving others.

We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation ~ by Brian D. McLaren, 2014


Shirley said...

The illustration used in this and earlier posts is one that I especially like. As a child, I remember some of the beautifully illustrations we had in our Sunday School materials. Those that my children had are more cartoon like sketches and lack the beauty of the illustrations you are using.

I am still at a loss when it comes to a personal story to share of forgiveness or forgiving.

I did note when reading this chapter describing Passover as God's judgment passing over the Hebrews allowing them to go from slavery to freedom. I hadn't appreciated this perspective of the event.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I choose illustrations after reading each chapter, searching online until I find one that has some connection with the chapter or the suggested scriptures. My final choice is one that I happen to like, so I'm glad you like what I've chosen.

In our face-to-face discussions, we often find that we can't come up with anything that directly answers the questions McLaren has included in that chapter. We just talk about whatever our reading makes us think about.

I'm glad you made a connection about Passover.

Shirley said...

Whew!! I'm glad that I'm not the only one unable to respond to the presented questions.

I should do more online searching for illustrations. You've made some excellent finds.