"Then he said to all, 'If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'"
And we're off! Lent Day Two. The ashes are carefully washed off our foreheads and here we go. We still have zeal for this, right? Although, Easter seems a long way off, doesn't it? It was inspiring watching people (lots of people!) go forward to receive ashes last night. A sign of taking up our cross and following Jesus, just as he suggests to us. It's the long haul that can get difficult. Talk to me on Day Twenty-two of Lent and let's see how excited I still am. But following Jesus isn't just a one-time decision. It is a daily, "here-we-go-again" thing and definitely a marathon not a sprint. It will get tiresome and we will need some support on the other end of the cross we are trying to carry. And that is where community comes in. We have others to help us on this journey and we are called to help them too. That's the whole deal with Simon the Cyrenean, helping Jesus carry his cross, to help us recognize that we need help at times and others do, too. We carry and we help carry...that's what we are to do today. Day Two. Love, heidi