Journey to the Cross
Saturday, March 26
Emma Lucciola, RPC high school student and Confirmation Class of 2013
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. Who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:19b-20
In my opinion, the forty days of Lent, Good Friday, and Easter are some of the most important days that a Christian experiences in their faith. During the forty days, there are calendars, devotionals, prayers, and meditations that people may follow to help guide their thoughts. During Lent, we reflect on how Jesus took our place on the cross to appease God's righteous anger. Jesus went alone, separated from his disciples and followers, to be crucified on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. Jesus was prosecuted, crucified, and then he was resurrected after three days of being declared dead. During Lent we face our humanity, we are reminded about the sin that dwells in us, and we are reminded about the darkness that lingers inside of all of us.
I unquestionably value Jesus' dedication to not only me, but to everyone. He was in no means required to sacrifice himself for us, but he did anyways. He died on the cross for you and for me. It is insane that someone I've never met in my life loved me endlessly. Not only did he love us, he suffered and sacrificed himself to the point that led him to death, burial, and embarrassment. His compassion and courage makes me rethink my life to its full. As humans, we wrongfully sin every day despite Jesus' word for us not to. One of the hardest things for me personally to do, is to set time aside every day to pray or to do a devotional. I am so caught up in the world and what is going on in my life that I totally forget about the God that watches over me. Lent is such an important 'season' to me because I am constantly reminded to set time aside to read God's word and to simply pray to him. I pray that I continue to set time aside for God and his word, not only during Lent, but as the New Year continues. I pray that I am reminded of everything he has given to me, and everything he has done for me.
This may be different, or odd, but I encourage you to step outside and pray with your eyes open. Look at all of God's beautiful creations. I was encouraged to do this at RPC's own eXtreme Retreat. Please join me in prayer...
God - Almighty God - Please be with me as I continue on my faith journey. I want to take the time to thank you for everything you have done for me, all of the sacrifices you have made for me. I also want to thank you for forgiving all of our sins. I pray that I am reminded every day to put time aside for you. I also pray that I become a stronger Christian through reading your word and verifying myself through you. Through my struggles, success, and temptations, you are there God. Thank you for the endless love and dedication you have given me. In Jesus name, Amen