A Cross To Carry

by Mary Beth on March 6, 2018

 Spirit of God influence a tear,

Seize our dedication; restore our soil.

Facilitate our hearts to remain alive, no fear!

A strained response to life’s spoil.

 

Holy guidance yields wisdom in this suffering romance.

Teach us to understand, discipline to discern;

Light before, behind, beneath every portion of experience.

Your power begets purpose,

though we sojourn as interns.

 

We will be seized on our way

In from the peaceful country.

A cross to shoulder day after day,

Apprehended as our high Priest; who sets us free.

 

Sluggard, wise in his own eyes

Prefers the peaceful, country breeze.

Too lazy to follow or his mouth to feed;

City life requires sincerity on her knees.

 

Disciples, pharisees, and weepers alike,

Jesus lives to intercede.

Father forgive them, they do not know,

In paradise we’re remembered as He bled.

 

Servant of all, ransom for many.

Sluggard buries his hand in a dish of anguish.

Suffering will of God to serve any,

Savior buries his life in the Father’s wish, it is finished.

 

Poor in Spirit we struggle to obey,

Carrying our cross to the grave.

We will be seized on our way;

Spirit of God fashion this clay.

                                                ~mba

When enduring a season of trials or suffering,

it’s a great comfort and sustaining strength to know that

Christ not only is with us,

but He invites us to the place where He bears it with us and for us.

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,

but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…1 Cor. 18

 

“Beloved, the cross is not made of feathers,

or lined with velvet;

it is heavy and galling to disobedient shoulders;

but it is not an iron cross,

though your fears have painted it with iron colors,

it is a wooden cross, and a man can carry it,

for the Man of Sorrows tried the load. 

Take up your cross,

and by the power of the Spirit of God

you will soon be so in love with it, that, like Moses,  

you would not exchange the reproach of Christ

for all the treasures of Egypt.”       

~Spurgeon, Morning & Evening

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Stephanie Thompson March 13, 2018 at 1:34 PM

“Servant of all, ransom for many.

Sluggard buries his hand in a dish of anguish.

Suffering will of God to serve any.

Savior buries his life in the Father’s wish, it is finished.” Such a profound piece. Love the contrasts and the exhortation to carry our crosses.

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Mary Beth March 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Stephanie, thank you for the time and kind response. Appreciate your encouragement, friend! 🙂

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