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Lighten the Load

Tomorrow is Good Friday. It is so easy to want to skip this torturous day and jump into the Easter celebration. However, we need to revisit this moment in history to witness the sacrifice Christ made for our salvation. I can’t begin to describe how difficult it was to write these Holy Week stories, but I forced myself to examine the details of scripture in order to paint a picture of the love Christ has for you and me. Please take a moment to read this poem from my original book, Eyewitness to a Savior. It places you on the road next to Jesus as He carries his cross to Golgotha. Experience the hope found within the poem and be assured this is not the end of the story.

Lighten the Load

The weight of the

heavy cross crushes

His already bruised

shoulder. Hunched

forward, His hands

grip the splintered

lumber that would

soon hold His body.

Sweat and blood

drip from His brow.

Shooting pain radiates

throughout a beaten

torso. Jesus inhales

a breath of courage

to forge the path ahead

leading to the Place of

the Skull, Golgotha.

He knows the torture

that awaits on that hill

of death. With every

faltering step, a whip

snaps and stings the

already ravaged body.

Crumbling to the ground,

He can go no further.

A passerby, Simon of

Cyrene, is ordered to

carry the cross. Tall

and muscular, the

healthy foreigner

hoists the death

chamber and easily

completes the journey.

Christ comes alongside

you and me. He carries

our burden and enables

us to complete our

faith venture successfully.

Emmanuel: God is with us.

Matthew 27:31-32 NIV

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