Today in our lives, many are facing sickness and death. Rather it be from disease, addictions, or viruses. Struggling with increased pain today, In my quiet time, I opened the book ---"My Journey, My Cross," I found this.
AT THE CROSS
I listened to a man tell the story of the passion and the death
of Jesus; giving explicit, very descriptive details of all that Jesus
suffered. My eyes closed and my mind pictured all that suffering
described and my tears started to flow. As I listened and envisioned
this totally cruel and completely unjustified event, my heart spoke
to God my Father.
"God, do You want me to feel deep remorse and guilt over the
scourging and crucifixion of Jesus, Your Son?"
"No," comes His gentle reply. "This was a sacrifice of love done
for you. Why would I want you to feel bad over such a great gift
of love? But tell Me, my child—what would you do if you had
Why I would love You, Lord, go to You, try to ease Your suffering
if I could! I would help take Your crushed wounded Body down
off the cross and hold You. Cry for You, and tenderly wash You. I
would hold You close to my heart and love You.
"Go then," God said. "Go to whomever, wherever you find
My crushed, wounded, broken Body-hanging on a cross—in
every person you meet. I am hanging on crosses in everyone—
wounded, crushed and broken by the sinfulness of others and
their own sinfulness too.
"My children have all been cruelly and unjustly treated by
others, who were wounded and broken themselves, the sinner
and the sinned against.
All are hurting and are in need of that understanding, forgiving,
and tender love. Only those who have been given understanding
and the grace to love—can give. See the wounded Jesus in all that you see.
Love them and you will love Me."
When you come to receive the Body of Jesus and His Blood,
know what this action means. It means that you believe, you
proclaim, the desire to Love as I would Love. That you are willing
to be blessed, broken and poured out as I was. That you are
willing to drink from the same cup of suffering that I endured out
of love for you.
Just as I did, you suffer so others can be helped,
dying to self—so that others can be understood, accepted and
loved and freed from their crosses, their inner hurts.
Are you willing to go to the cross—all of the crosses of your
life so others can be healed of the wounds inflicted upon them?"
I remember pondering on this call, and answer that came
from deep within my humanness. "I will go if You lead me Lord,
and I will count on the graces that You will give me. I cannot carry
the cross by myself. But I do want to love as You have loved me."
"You were never meant to carry that cross alone, my dear
The book "My Journey, My Cross-As the Journals End" was written in obedience. I still go to re-read and remember all the different messages spoken to me over 40 years of a very difficult marriage. Like the Bible---what God inspires--the Words stay alive forever for those who read them. Seek God daily, so you can be helped and blessed in this difficult time we live in.