Good Friday meditation

About the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” — which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” . . . And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. –Matthew 27:46, 50 FridayBlood throbbing like muffled drumsTendons stretching like fence-wires: tune-tautBut soundlessHis reproach streaks the silence likeLightning in darkness.Two eyes, raging from the sandstorms of aThousand tears, finally close.The body hangs limp as wet drapery on a limb.(c) 1995 Latayne C. Scott Perhaps to understand the despair of the crucifixion, we must recall times in our own lives when we have been completely alone. It may involve the memory of being a lost and terrified child....

Fellowship in His suffering

Continuing with the theme of mentally accompanying Jesus on His path to the cross– and acknowledging that just as His sacrifice evoked memory of that of Isaac, and our own sacrifice should evoke His: Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing, and perfect will. –Romans 12: 1-2 With tight grim lipsYou have taken meTo Mount Moriah. We haveBuilt the altar together.I allow myself to become a compliant offeringUpon this altar where...

Holy Week thoughts

During the rest of this week, as we approach with Jesus His passion and suffering, I will be posting some “incites” to direct our minds toward fellowship with Him across these two thousand years. When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself...