Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 22, 2008
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Take up your cross
Jesus said, "They who love father or mother more
than me are not worthy of me; and they who love
son or daughter more than me are not worthy of
me; and they who do not take their cross and
follow me are not worthy of me. They who find
their life will lose it, and they who lose their
life for my sake will find it."
A dear friend carved a simple wooden statue for
me years ago. It is a statue of a person standing
tall with both arms upraised to heaven. I often
use it for personal reflection and when leading
retreats. The carving reminds me to surrender
my pride, ego, personal issues, mistaken priorities,
and hidden agendas at the door. Often I find myself
using the wooden statue for my prayer. I will light
a candle, stand on a prayer rug, and lift my arms in
surrender while confessing personal human failings
and other issues.
I struggle with the cost of taking my cross and
loving Jesus more than family and friends. I
struggle with spiritual values and the cost of
remaining faithful to my ministry call. It is
human nature to do so. So I invite you to linger
with me through these verses and surrender whatever
keeps you from taking your cross and following Jesus
in your life.
For our prayer today, stand with arms upraised in
silence. Let God guide your quiet time. Ask for
a new outlook on everything.
Oh God, give us your divine perspective today as
we linger in prayer. Help us take up our cross
and follow where Jesus leads. We ask for more
love for Christ. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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