Thursday, February 16, 2012
Lent~The Cross Beckons
I heard a song on Christian radio this morning that talked about the Cross beckoning us. Wow, this described just how I feel as we move closer to Lent...A week from today!
The Cross really does beckon us, reminding us of many things but ultimately that this earth is not our home.
My heart is always heavy this time of year as I remember most vividly, the death of my late husband who was tragically killed on Good Friday. If you've ever lost a loved one, you know that the death anniversary is forever the most difficult time of year, regardless of the years that have passed. I can feel my physical mind and body bracing itself to remember as we slowly approach "that time." There are still moments, after 18 years, that the painful memory is unbearable...
The Cross beckons me.
I think it can be a similar feeling as we approach Lent, maybe more for some than others, I'm not really sure. I do know that it can be a somber time of reflection. Our hearts and minds prepare for difficult images and stories of the murderous death of Our Savior. It is a stark reminder that life will end for all of us, here on earth.
The Cross beckons us.
There are many things spinning around my head as we move into Ash Wednesday. I yearn to quiet myself and unplug from the noise of the Internet, I am eager to press the reset button and get back to more intimate prayer, and I am looking forward to preparing our Domestic Church for a new liturgical season. Still there is one thing I desire more than anything else...
... That is re-fixing my gaze on the Cross.
The Cross is beckoning...
For it is casting our eyes on the Crucifix that we find answers, comfort and instant truth;
Mercy was designed right there for all of us, no exceptions;
Love raised up in glory;
Life ending on this earth turned the key to open the gates of heaven;
Sorrows became the bridge to joy;
Suffering became strength for the journey home;
The Cross beckons.
Despite any pain we might feel or the struggles we carry inside, it is certain that there will be reason to rejoice, if only we embrace the instrument of our salvation. Lent is the perfect time to do this and I'm looking forward to it!
Let us stretch out our arms and surrender...
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