“Take up your cross and follow me.” —Mark 8.34
Jesus, you suffered for the sake of love; help me to love at all cost.
Though we wronged you, you offered forgiveness; give me your heart of forgiveness.
You met hate and untruth with gentleness; give me humility and patience.
You suffered without retaliation or bitterness; lead me in the way of nonviolence.
You were rejected and condemned; help me find my place among the outcast.
You bore God's presence into our darkest places; fill me with your Spirit that I amy do the same.
You were imprisoned and beaten; help me to love those who are so treated.
You bought grace and even paradise to a fellow victim; help me to join the communion of those who suffer.
You entered the deep wound of the world with healing; help me bear your Spirit of peace into the world.
You judged power, violence and empire with love; help me to live and work for justice.
You made a weapon of oppression an occasion for grace; help me work with you for the redemption of the world.
You entrusted yourself to the grace of God; give me faith.
You entered your death with hope; give me peace.
Help me, Beloved, take up my cross and follow you.
__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net
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