It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chapter 3, Page 22, Book 16

The cross. Can you turn any direction without seeing one? Engraved on a ring or suspended on a chain? The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity.

An odd choice, don’t you think? It’s strange that a tool of torture embodies a movement of hope. Its design couldn’t be simpler. One beam horizontal, the other vertical. One reaches out, like God’s love. The other reaches up, as does God’s holiness. One represents the width of his love; the other the height of his holiness. The cross is the intersection. The cross is where God forgave his children without lowering his standards.

God put our sin on his Son and punished it there. Your sins have been placed on Jesus. Jesus receives the blow. And since Christ is between you and God, you don’t. The sin is punished, but you are safe—safe in the shadow of the cross!

Max Lucado

Tuesday March 22nd - refresh, refocus and renew

I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Isaiah 49:6)
Today we continue our waiting and preparation as we approach Good Friday. Just as you did yesterday reserve some time to 'Be still and know that He is God’ - Psalm 46:10

When the cross is embraced it becomes a sign of love and of total self giving. To carry it behind Christ means to be united with Him in offering the greatest proof of love.

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The cross is also a place of victory and love, of God’s faithfulness and our deliverance. There’s a lot to celebrate at the foot of the cross. There is a place and time for quiet, somber reflection at the foot of the cross.  But one of the glories of the human person is that we can have more than one feeling at a time. We can even have opposite feelings going on at almost the same moment!

During this Holy Week, when Jesus gave his life for love, let us truly love one another.



Somber reflection at this time of year is always a good thing.

betty said...

Without the cross we certainly wouldn't have the hope of eternal life. His suffering was our gain. I'm glad Jesus was willing to do it to save me. Like you said, may we always love and love unconditionally.


jack69 said...

The cross, a goal, a challenge and a Promise. Lovely!