Taking up my cross

Why do so many suffer? Why does anyone even have to?Wooden Cross

We have been paying for the sin of eating that apple for a long time.
Sin was brought into this world through a simple act, but this Lent we can choose to look beyond the sin; to look beyond the suffering. To cast our eyes of heaven and remember there is a paradise waiting for us.

I know suffering. I have been in pain. Physical pain through 17 months of treatments and many tests before, throughout and continuing. I have had the emotional pain of losing loved ones. But there is always mountain tops to help us with the valleys. I choose this Lent to focus on the blessings. I want to focus on the graces and the joys of my life. It’s a choice, it’s a decision I make each day. And you have the same choice too. You can choose to remain in the suffering or depression of our lives or you can choose to look upward and change your view.

Christ suffered…He did not have to, He’s God…He could have chosen a million other scenarios to come into the world. But He chose a lowly stable to be born in and a brutal cross to die on. He accepted this path for His life. My suffering can never be as horrible. Lent is calling me to reflect on Christ’s life and I can’t do that without reflecting on everything He gave for me…and you.

So I will take up my cross everyday, no matter how heavy. At the end of the day, I also know that I can lay my cross at the feet of Jesus and He willingly takes it from me. I pray my life gives glory to the graces that have been given me.

Grace embraced today through the kindness of the medical professionals that helped my daughter with her pain this past week while fighting a violent flu, while her parents can’t get to her in Arizona. I love and miss you Jaclyn.

If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:24

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4 thoughts on “Taking up my cross

  1. Your words humble me. I’ve had my own medical struggles and have said similar words in the past, but the truth is always new it seems. The reality of His grace, which is sufficient no matter what we go through, is inspiring, humbling, uplifting. It’s something we must each choose every day. God Bless you. Truly.

  2. Thank you Janet for continuing your encouraging words. I always enjoy your posts, thank you; sorry about your daughter’s flu, tougher in many ways for parents seeing children suffer. A reflection in a little way on the suffering of our Mother Mary. Take care dear cousin, Love, Marie.

Your thoughts warm my heart and strengthen my path, thanks for commenting on my journey,

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