Category: Realization


I cry, and I don’t know why.
Staring, at the sky
No sad tears-
just tears,
filling my
I don’t know why,
I cry, but
I do.


In these times of trouble, where can we go for relief from the days that shout harm to us? Images of fear, death, and violence greet us wherever we turn. War is on the lips of the people. Be it whispers in the dark, or the bugler on high, joyfully announcing the crimes of the day. We awake trembling, facing the scourge before us. Who will save us? Where is the light to show us the way? 

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Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.

John 3:14 (NIV)

One of the most amazing things to me when I read my Bible is that God will sometimes bring other issues to mind. This is, of course, the work of the Holy Spirit. For years I have thought about the relationship of the Cross in the life of the Christian. I have heard songs about the Cross; its power to heal, deliver and set free. I have heard people say things such as, “Take it to the Cross” and I have wondered. Has the Cross become something of an idol to people?

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As a Christian who lives in the United States, I’m not likely to think much about being persecuted for my beliefs. I take things like reading my Bible and praying in public for granted. When I go to church I’m going to a big white building that is clearly a Christian church. I can wear my t-shirt that says, “I love Jesus” and not be afraid when someone asks me about it. I talk about things like being the light of the world and wanting people to know Christ through me. I want people to see Christ in me. Like Peter and the other apostles, I’m ready to die for my faith. Or am I?

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