Taking Up The Cross

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We humans are a sorry and messy lot.
We fail, we make mistakes – plenty of them –
and we keep on hurting one another.
Sure there are moments of joy and happiness
but these moments are always punctuated
by pain and sorrow, hurts and disappointments.

When one day we are all in heaven,
we will probably look back to these moments of failures, mistakes and errors
with a smile and appreciation.
The pain and the hurt and the sufferings
are an essential part of what it is to be human.
And we might even miss being human
even as we are partaking of a divine existence then.
For even Christ sanctified suffering as part of being his follower:
“If anyone would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross
and follow me.”

I set my eyes to that which I know I am being called to
and of my present hurts and difficulties,
I calmly say that this too will pass away.

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