Slow-Motion Devotion

Your eyes gaze upwards, filling with tears that refuse to be restrained.

It is very dark, not cold, but oh so dark. It shouldn't be, it is only mid-afternoon.

You witness the nails driven; intolerably long His screams ring in your ears and your heart heaves so.

The sticky blood from His pierced side drips near your sandals.

In the shadow of your soul, you know you know - this innocent death was all for me!

Surely all those who would stand at the foot of the Cross would too long for their Lord?

Is it only the self-denial delivered slowly by much suffering (for who would choose that pain?) that would cause a believer to stand today at the foot of the Cross and cry out:

Lord Jesus there is nought of this world that I want now, it is empty to me; I simply want you and you alone. Your presence I will not deny myself anymore nor deny you of me - for you DID die for me. Amen

How much suffering must a believer first endure before he finds himself standing at the foot of the cross, dead to this world and finally alive to Jesus?

I feel so sure the answer is - too much!

Be not slow to learn for:

“Your life is shaped by the end you live for.” ~ Thomas Merton

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11)

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"Prayerful confession is detergent for the soul." ~ Michael Cartwright

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