Objects needed: pine cones or sweet gum seeds (any seeds with sharp points) for children to hold in their hands.
Have any of you ever been hit by a friend? Maybe that friend wanted a toy you were playing with. Or maybe someone got angry because you happened to pick up a toy that was on the floor and you didn’t know that person wanted it. We are taught that it’s not a good thing to hurt anyone, but sometimes it happens.
In our Bible lesson, we learned that we are supposed to forgive others. Sometimes that’s hard to do, isn’t it? We often don’t understand why a person would do something to hurt us. And so it hurts our feelings every time we think about what they did.
I’m going to show you why it’s a really good thing to forgive someone who hurt you. Everybody take one of these pine cones and hold it in your hand. Be careful. The pine cone has prickly points all around it. If you squeeze it too tightly, those points will get into your skin and they will hurt! So hold the pine cones gently.
The word forgive means “to let go.” It would be very easy to let go of a prickly pine cone—wouldn’t it? It would be easy because it hurts to hold onto it. The same thing is true when someone you thought you liked hits you. It hurts your feelings. It’s like holding onto a pine cone. Every time you think about them hurting you, it hurts again. So think of the pine cone like a bad memory. If you have a bad memory, and it keeps coming back and making you sad, say, “Go away bad memory. I’m letting you go. I don’t want you to keep hurting me. You’re just a silly pine cone.” Then throw it away. Do it every time the bad memory comes back. And then, it won’t be there to hurt you anymore.
Let’s practice forgiving. Take your bad memory pine cones and throw them away in this trash can. Can you do that? Great.
Let’s practice forgiving. Take your bad memory pine cones and throw them away in this trash can. Can you do that? See – they can’t hurt you anymore!