Just finished preparing material for my retreat day on November 2nd. It’s called “Don’t Forgive Too Soon” and explores Christian forgiveness, starting by looking at a different interpretation for ‘turn the other cheek’, ‘give your cloak as well’ and ‘walk two miles’. These phrases are from a passage in Matthew’s Gospel which, on a first reading, can make it seem like Christians are supposed to be wimps and to get walked over by others. Needless to say, we’ll be looking at a different approach. Also I’ll be sharing some great insights about the five stages of forgiveness. You might know of the great work pioneered by Elizabeth Kubler Ross on the stages of death and dying which identified the phases of emotion and reaction that people commonly face as they confront death. These stages have alot of relevance to forgiveness too. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are experienced as we journey towards forgiving those who hurt us. I’ve got some great illustrations to help us identify these stages and some reflective, prayerful exercises to support us in applying these insights to our lives.