FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH, 2015

LENTEN THOUGHTS
LENTEN ENCOUNTERS
by Lynelle Mason
excerpt from Simon of Cyrene
“I didn’t think too much about the man and his cross while I was doing it.  What rotten luck! I thought.  Now I’m defiled and won’t be able to participate in Passover.

Finally we got to the hill called Golgotha.  I watched as there soldiers methodically went about their work.  They nailed his hands to the cross beam and hoisted him to the upright post of his cross.
I took one final look at the man I’d helped.  Our eyes locked and for a fleeting moment I felt engulfed in sorrow.  I turned to leave when a strong arm grabbed me.  “Thank you.  My name is John and the man whose cross you carried was my teacher and friend.”  I smiled, thinking, I’ve done a deed a friend would have gladly done.  That makes it worthwhile.  I glanced one more tie into the face of Jesus.  There’s something disjointed about this whole affair and I intend to find out more about the man whose cross I carried.
PRAYER THOUGHT

When our cherished plans are squashed we scream, “Lord, why me?”  It may well be God has something better to give us.  Nightmares can be turned into fountains of joy.