FIFTH WEEK OF LENT
Friday, April 7
Meghan Wittmer
Class of 2018

 

Jesus Helps Us Carry Our Cross

 

“I love you Lord, my strength, Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my rock of refuge, my shield, my saving horn, my stronghold!” -Psalm 18:2-3

 

“It will be okay, don’t worry.” How many times have we heard this? How many times do we use this phrase to comfort someone we love? I believe we say it often because, in today’s world, we like to hide our sufferings, dismissing them as if they don’t matter. We don’t want others to know our wounds and, instead of talking about them, we cover them up. However, God gives us trials for a reason. They draw us closer to Him and help us bring others closer to God by sharing our trails with others. When we are going through difficult times, God calls us to rely on His strength and grace to assist us. Once the trial is over, we can look back and reflect, “God got me through that difficult time.”

 

My Mom is an amazing woman. She lost my younger sister to cancer about ten years ago and, just a week ago, she lost my Dad to cancer. Her faith in God has never faltered through it all. She has continuously placed her trust in God and accepted His will for her life, no matter how hard and difficult the situation. My Mom has taught me, and everyone that she meets, the importance of having complete trust in God’s will. She is not afraid to talk about her sufferings with others because they have helped my mother become the woman that she is today.

 

Lean on Jesus during hard times. He will help us carry our cross and follow in His footsteps until we reach the eternal glory of heaven. Hold onto Him, for He is our rock, our foundation, our stronghold, and our salvation!

 

Jesus, help me bear my sorrows for love of You, trusting that You are with me. I know that You will always be at my side, giving me the strength I need to carry my cross. Amen.

 

Jer 20:10-13        Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7                Jn 10:31-42