Journey to the Cross
Saturday, February 27
Beth Wilson, member of RPC since 2008
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our sufferings but we have one who has suffered every way we have yet is without sin. - Hebrews 4:15
I love Christmas. It has been my favorite holiday since I was a little girl. Every year, my dad likes to tell me about the first time I saw a Christmas tree. The living room was dark except for the lights of the tree. All I could do was stare - completely awed by its beauty. But as my faith has matured, I find myself drawn more and more each year to the Easter story. I think of the suffering Christ experienced during the last days of His life... the abandonment of His beloved disciples, the pain of watching His mother grieve as He hung on the cross, the physical agony He endured as He was dying.
We have all had times of our own pain and despair. A failed marriage, a devastating illness, or perhaps the loss of someone we hold dear. Does the knowledge that Christ understands how we feel give you any comfort? For me, the answer is yes. I am a nurse and for the last 18 years, my specialty has been in the treatment of pain. I know that whatever times of pain and sorrow I have experienced is something that I can bring to the bedside of my patients. What is Christ calling you to do with yours?
Dear Lord, as we gather at the foot of the cross, help us to know we are not alone when we are hurting. Make us mindful of the suffering of those around use and in this world. Lord, we love you. Amen