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…and, while we’re at it, let’s ditch Fathers’ Day as well.

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There are so many terrible stories from the tragic legacy of the Native Residential Schools debacle that was Canadian Government policy from 1876 to 1996. Phyllis Webstad’s story is one of the powerful stories that has emerged from this painful period in our history.

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Heather Plett’s wonderful “8 Tips to Help You Hold Space for Others” (upliftconnect.com) goes on to offer practical help in supporting children in becoming more fully the people they were created to be.

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Every year for Good Friday, I try to craft a short story that might convey to the children present at our service, something of the mystery of this day.

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Recently I received an email from a parent seeking advice in responding to a child’s questions about God, life, death and faith.

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4. When we sit in silent prayer, we are expressing our heart’s deepest desire to be open to God and to live with an awareness of God’s presence.

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3. Centering Prayer is the practice of putting aside all those things in our lives that fill up the “clay jar” and prevent us from being aware of our true treasure, the presence of God. We call this putting aside “surrender” or “letting go.”

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So, what if a child should express an interest in learning about silent prayer? What are we to tell a child or young person who might ask about our prayer practice?

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Here are two more skills that might encourage children we influence to adopt a meditation practice.

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The importance of modelling for children if we hope they might grow up to choose a meditation practice, means two things for adults who might feel inclined to guide children towards silent prayer:

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