While I was teaching the catechism some years ago, I met a lovely, older bishop.
The bishop took my hand and called me his “pet.” Then he told me my smile shined at my class. That was then. Teaching faith was my place in Christianity.
Time passed. My love for Jesus stayed, as Jesus’ love for each of us remains. As Luke wrote in his gospel, “Because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the sunrise from High will visit us” (Luke 1:78 NIV). Jesus shone like the sun while He walked this earth, even as He raised His cross.
We can all love Jesus more for His great sacrifice of love. He has not stopped shining on His journey over the past 2000 years of Christianity.
Like Jesus, we are all on a journey, raising our cross daily. We do not need to look for our cross. Anything can happen. We can share our cross, as Jesus did with Simon. We can also support each other.
When we raise our cross daily, we can meet sunshine in new ways. The journey of faith is bigger and more important than any of us. There is no need to trade insults. I do still make catty comments, but then pray to do my daily tasks with a minimum of fuss. Many of us really have nothing to complain about.
As a senior woman of faith, I am still seeking my place in Christianity.
Raise your cross in each day’s journey. Never stop shining and following the example of your Lord Jesus.
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