Sunday, September 5, 2010
Our Personal Crosses
An illness, a handicap, poverty, loss, betrayal, loneliness... My Lord, the list could go on. Each of us has his own cross to bear, for some there is more than one. As we see it being handed to us, there are several things we could do; we could throw it aside somehow and step over or around it, we could look for someone else to take it for us. That may be our first instinct~ try to avoid it somehow. But doing this makes the cross heavier and more difficult to bear.
If we follow You and do as You ask, picking up that personal cross You so lovingly hand us with Your own nail scarred hands, our faith will lead us, the cross will become one we are able to actually embrace because we see that it leads to You.
My Lord God, You embraced the ultimate cross~ the one we could never bear because of our sinfulness. You bore Your cross for love of the Father and each of us. You died on the cross for us; You ask us to embrace our cross and die to ourselves and the ways of this world.
You have made it clear that there is no other way to come to You. Everything else, even our very selves must not be put before You.
Our own personal cross; You knew, Lord, the ones that each of us would need to carry~ would be able to carry, in order to follow You to the Father. May our crosses lead us home.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.