The Rumor of Wounding
A parable for the devout and the inattentive alike:
Dawn had just broken, yet the early morning cool stubbornly refused to lift. Unhurriedly this dad warmed himself as he sat, read and prayed - surrounded by solitude. He knew that too soon the pace of his day would be accelerated. His household still rested.
Gazing out his slowly misting front window a single bare foot silently appeared; motionless before him. The blind hung almost down, approaching the floor - consequently the remainder of the visitor was unseen. Curiously (almost fearfully) no second foot appeared beside it. Neither good-will, nor ill-will was indicated by this foot's presence; just mystery.
This solitary foot demonstrated no emotion and indicated no pain, but it was scarred.
In a now shivering stillness dad sat, consumed, peering below the blind. He wondered what the foot would do.
With an unknown divine intervention he gave not even a moment's thought to opening the blind so as to reveal the foot's owner. This was wise. To see more would have only welcomed terror; there was no more to see.
Many have come to the foot of the Cross and see no more. Many have refused to look up and expend any effort to possess its meaning. Surely terror too would ensue if they clasped the iron-held hands, or kissed the iron-pierced feet?
So many have approached the Cross, seen its foot, but ignored He who was above and nail bound. Suffering was only the rumor of faith. They had walked to the foot of the Cross, but would never grasp the suffering above it for them.
The foot of the Cross is not to be gazed upon - the owner of the Cross is.
A crucifix is the model of Christian living; an empty cross can never suffice.
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body has finished with sin. (1 Peter 4:1)
Today's Soul Snippet:
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not." ~ Epicurus
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