In past years at Mt. Carmel, we have tackled difficult issues during Lent. Many of these issues focused on problems facing the church and our response to them. This year, however, we are turning the examination inward through a study on forgiveness.
Why study forgiveness? We have learned from studies at the Mayo Clinic that the ability to forgive has been shown by studies to:
Lead to Healthier relationships;
Greater spiritual and psychological well-being;
Decrease stress and hostility;
Lower blood pressure;
Decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic pain; &
Lower risk of alcohol and substance abuse.
We have learned also that forgiveness is a process involving acceptance, change, and wisdom. We need to be accepting of the things that we cannot change. We need to be willing to change the things that we can. And, we need to ask God for the wisdom to know the difference.
The Lenten Soup Supper and Study will be continuing for several more weeks. Join us at 6:30PM on Wednesdays for fellowship around this issue. Vespers are held at 8:00PM.