Thursday, June 01, 2006

Join The Journey

We often begin the journey of self-discovery by taking a pilgimage to the hidden parts of our existence. Much to our surprise, though, is the discovery that with perseverance the road takes us to the very heart of God.

In the cross of Christ we find God's heart most exposed, and that's also where we find our most true self.

"But Christ's way to self-fulfillment is not like any we could have imagined. His way involves losing our life so that we might find it, dying so that we might live. His way is always the way of the cross. Death always precedes new life." David Benner

Some discover along the journey that they have wounds so deep that the thought of the grief threatens to annihilate them. Walking through past wounds can feel like the very fiber of your existence is being stretched in all directions precariously close to the breaking point. It is here in the midst of the pain that we find Jesus kneeling in the garden of Gethsemane. He calls to us to embrace our path of suffering because it is there that we find His outstretched arms of love as to a child with a wound that needs tending.

The nails in His hands tell us that we are not to suffer alone-that He will stay with us until it is finished. His arms of love hold us as we recall the unjust wounds we have received until we grieve the fact that we have wounded others the same way.

If we will allow ourselves to identify with the suffering of our God, we will begin to feel our wounds bandaged until the healing goes deeper. It is at this point that we sense something dying, though it's not a loss. Here we find true resurrection and the authentic existence that we search for.

2 Corinthians 1:3-7
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.


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