Holy Week

by Mary Beth on April 5, 2012


As we ponder and reflect this Holy Week when our Lord Jesus suffered the pain of rejection

from religious leaders of the day, but also as his own disciples failed to understand  his kingdom call, sacrifice and work.

Likewise, as a disciple of Christ, we’ll most likely encounter similar feelings or reflections of rejection,

betrayal, misunderstandings and lack of support often

from those closest to us, even chosen friends.  “All the disciples left him and ran away.”    ~Matthew 26:56

Lamentations 1: 12, 16, 21 predicts the sufferings Jesus endured the last week of his life.

This poem was a journal entry I wrote years ago, actually during the Lent season when

I had experienced struggles, especially the betrayal from a close friend.

When friends flee causing similar pain, Christ offers us his example to love patiently and endure pain.

The Veil

Such friends are but trouble,

Unless walking side by side.

The soul exposing an imposter; a double.

Truth that sharpens, cuts and divides.

Many claim boldly to love.

Bringing a shadow of service,

What is the kiss?

Betrayal or an honest answer?

Conditional, upon the well they sip.

God of all comfort & compassion oversee,

A boldness must breathe, rest and plea,

Content in their deeper soul, I pray.

Mighty Warrior of the soul,

Tear the veil, chip away, and awaken hearts!

Reign through your beauty and art.

“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom.”

~2Corinthians 3: 17




“How painful are honest words!  Does he not see my ways and count my every step?

                                       If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit

—let God weigh me in honest scales and He will know that I am blameless

                     –if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes,

or if my hands have been defiled,

                                                                              then may others eat what I have sown.”

~Job 6:25, 31: 4-8


“{Pain} removes the veil, it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.”    ~C.S.Lewis


“Therefore, my brothers, therefore, sisters dear,

However I, troubled or selfish, fail

In tenderness, or grace, or service clear,

I every moment draw to you more near;

God in us from our hearts veil after veil

Keeps lifting, till we see with his own sight,

And all together run in unity’s delight.”      ~George MacDonald, Diary of an Old Soul



God’s tenacious love, truth and faithful call for our obedience to “be holy” will show forth as “fruit on a tree.”  Even Job knew & experienced truth that sharpened his soul among friends.  As Rabbi Abraham Heschel states:  “Faith like Jobs cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.”

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