This contemplative prayer station uses what seems to be a random event to help people come to grips with how jealousy so easily takes hold in our lives. This only works if the station is part of a larger service or if people can somehow see what other people are getting when walking in the door. It is possible to cut out the candy bit, but then the station loses its potency.
Directions for Leadership:
Set up the directions (below) in a closed off area that has space for people to sit and pray either on chairs or on the floor.
At the beginning of the service hand every one mini candy bars, but at random hand out 2 or 3 normal size ones and 1 Xlarge candy bar with no explanation other than you felt like giving everyone a gift today. Then go on and do whatever you do in your service. As people get up and go to the prayer station another dimension of what you did will be brought to their attention.
Prayer Station Instructions:
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. -Epicurus
Are you jealous of someone else’s candy bar?
Contentment makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor. -Benjamin Franklin
Do you wish you had someone else’s clothes? House? Car? MP3 player?
Happiness is open to all, since, when you boil it down, it merely consists of contentment with what you have got and doing what you can for other people. -Sir Robert Baden-Powell
Are you envious of someone else’s marriage? Boyfriend or girlfriend? Relationship with family?
In jealousy there is more of self-love than love. – François de la Rochefoucauld
Are you jealous of someone else’s faith in God? Their spiritual gift? Their talents?
Few men have the natural strength to honor a friend’s success without envy. – Aeschylus
Take time ask that God transform you into a person of contentment and gratitude.