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(We) are summoned to follow a leader whose eventual goal is indeed a world of blessing beyond bounds, but whose immediate goal, the only possible route to that eventual one, is a horrible and shameful death. N.T. Wright
Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
If you willingly carry the cross, it will carry you. It will take you to where suffering comes to an end, a place other than here. Thomas à Kempis
Realize that to know Christ you must lead a dying life. The more you die to yourself, the more you will live unto God. Thomas à Kempis
You will never enjoy heavenly things unless you are ready to suffer hardship for Christ. Nothing is more acceptable to God, nothing more helpful for you on this earth. When there is a choice to be made, take the narrow way. This alone will make you more like Christ. Thomas à Kempis
Every tear we shed becomes His tear. He may not yet wipe them away, but He makes them His. Would we rather have our own dry eyes, or His tear-filled ones?
If He does not heal all our broken bones and loves and lives now, He comes into them and is broken, like bread, and we are nourished.
Final two quotes and many of the thoughts in this post are by Peter Kreeft in Bread and Wine
All photographs are copyrighted by Made Sacred, 2017.
(poem and photos copyright by Made Sacred 2013)
The flu hit our home this week, so I pray you will enjoy this poem edited from the archives.
Lord, we pray we never find ourselves without hope, without a glimpse of the empty tomb each time we happen upon a cross. Help us begin our daily journey expecting both crosses and empty tombs and rejoicing when we encounter either because we know you are with us. Amen. ~ from the Book of Common Prayer
from the archives
You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.
Art credit: All photographs this week are by Kirk Sewell
It is meant to be the church’s springtime, a time when, out of the darkness of sin’s winter, a repentant, empowered people emerges. ~ Bread and Wine