This contemplative prayer station uses various pictures to help contemplate incongruent attitudes towards people.
Directions for Leadership:
This can be at two tables or posted along a wall that people walk along. If on a table they can journal their responses or you can cover one of the tables with butcher paper and they can write it directly on the table. If you do a written response you will need paper and pencils and pens. The first set of pictures and directions go first and the second set go after. A good place to find pictures is http://morguefile.com/.
First set of Pictures: Elderly, frail looking people, some of whom are in hospital beds.
Directions for Next to 1st set of Pictures:
Imagine This: You are with one of your parents, grandparents, or a loved friend. They are frail, they are dying. You visit them while on their death bed and they tell you they want to be at peace with God. That they have regrets from their life, and want to somehow make amends. They want to converse with their maker. And with you, they do just that.
What are your feelings? What are your thoughts? What questions does this bring up?
Please move to the next set of pictures on the other table.
Second Set of Pictures: Adolf Hitler, KKK, Pol Pots, a Pedophile… you get the idea.
Directions for Next to 2nd set of Pictures:
Now look at these faces. Mass murderers, rapists, torturers. What if these people, on their death beds, began to realize their lives were lived in a horrific manner? What if they chose to confess their sins? That they want to find peace with their maker?
How would you feel about that? What would you be thinking? What questions would it bring up? Naturally there may be conflict about how we feel about the “grandma” having a death bed conversion and a mass murderer doing the same.
Why is that? What do you think God’s opinion would be? Why is it important to think about this kind of thing?