Sunday, August 30

The problems of the world are so upsetting, so complex and so much out of my control — what can I do?  When I hear Jesus say to “Pick up your cross” I feel a bit like all I can do is grasp at straws, unable to accomplish anything.

Jesus today tells us to pick up our cross, not THE cross.  It is his job to save the world; our task is following him.  While we may feel little agency when it comes to national issues, there are plenty of neighborly issues, here and now, where we are needed.

But alas, how do we know if we have done enough?  Pastor Rob reflects on the remainder of Jesus words: “deny yourself and follow me” to challenge us to consider whether we are truly picking up our cross.

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