Up this way, therefore, did burdened CHRISTIAN run; but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back.
He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a Cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulcher. So I saw in my dream, that just as CHRISTIAN came up to the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble; and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulcher, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.
Then was CHRISTIAN glad and lightsome, and said, with a merry heart,
“He hath given me rest by his sorrow,
And life by his death.”
Then he stood still awhile to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him, that the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden.
The items in the “back pack” burden of Christian, the lead character in John Bunyan’s 1668 book Pilgrim’s Progress, were many: despondency, worldly wisdom, sloth, doubts, fears, temptations, lusts, shames, guilts and sins. Today, 350 years later, we still have these issues plaguing us, plus things like persistent mental illness running in a family, repeated problem pregnancies, intractable absorption with sex or alcohol, violence, excessive fear or anxiety, suicidal thinking, and the list goes on. Where did these impulses originate? Is there any possibility that some of them “run in the family”?
At our next three Third Saturday Healing Services we will identify the types of problems that might be coming down through the generations in our families. In May, we’ll explore the issues which could have spiritual roots, and we’ll have a time of “listening prayer” when we ask God for revelation: “Dear Lord, is there anything in my family line which is sourced in some event that is hurting me and my family today?” And we’ll hand out a Family Tree sheet to take home and fill out as you spend more time in prayer and thought.
In June, we’ll go more deeply into the types of issues that show up in the family’s physical, emotional and behavioral histories, and we will invite you to confession and/or prayers for healing.
In July, we’ll have a Generational Healing Eucharist where we will give up to God the ties that bind and pray for healing and new life. It’s time to lay it all down.
Generational Healing Prayer Services
Saturdays, 5:00pm – 6:15pm
What is Generational Prayer and is it relevant to you?
Soaking Prayer for listening to God
Review known family history and issues in the Family Tree
Generational Healing Eucharist with Litany
Presentation to God of Family History/Family Trees