Daily Readings/ Editorial
Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, June 26:
Monday: Luke 15:1-10
Tuesday: Romans 12:9-13 & 16:23
Wednesday: I Peter 4:1-11
Thursday: Titus 1:5-9
Friday: Luke 14:1-14
Saturday: Mark 9:33-37
“Circle Of Love”
I shared this story* as part of the “Build Each Other Up” class this past Sunday morning.
Affirming and encouraging responses can literally change our lives because we want and need others to believe in us. An unusual example of this affirmation is found in the Babemba tribe in southern Africa. When one of the tribal members has acted irresponsibly, he or she is taken to the center of the village. Everyone in the village stops work and gathers in a large circle around the person. In turn, each person, regardless of age, speaks to the person and recounts the good things he or she has done. All the positive incidents in the person's life, plus the good attributes, strengths and kindnesses, are recalled with accuracy and detail. Not one word about the problem behavior is even mentioned.
This ceremony, which sometimes lasts for several days, isn't complete until every positive thing has been spoken by those assembled. The person in the circle is literally flooded with affirmation and then is welcomed back into the tribe. Can you imagine how the person feels about himself or herself after this? Can you imagine his or her desire to continue to reflect those positive qualities? Perhaps a variation of this ceremony is needed in marriages and families today.
*Story taken from the book Healing Grace for Hurting People by H.N. Wright and L. Renetzky