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Then Jesus told his disciples,

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

Jesus loved his disciples as much as God loved him. Jesus loves US just like Jesus loved those first 12 who heard these words. Do you hear what he was saying to them and IS saying to us?

Life is not going to be easy. Sure, there will be plenty of times of joy and happiness and fulfillment and plenty. But none of that – other than the rain last night or the sunshine this morning – comes without cost.

Life will bring surprises our way and not all of them good.

Life will give us moments of the “incredible lightness of being” – but there will also be those times when life feels like a weight upon our shoulders, a noose around our neck, a tight band around our chest, like walking with concrete shoes.

It just is! Life is like that. And as much as a parent loves their kids, and as much as God loves us, there is nothing we can do to prevent the suffering that seasons life.

Now here is a deeper truth – Sometimes, love means we ought not stop that suffering from coming.

To deny ourselves is to be open to seeing life through Jesus’ eyes. It is to live the question, “what is God up to here?” It is to let go of the reins and accept the cross. It is to relinquish control and accept our place as followers.

It is to surrender.

Let us pray:

Dear Jesus, when the road narrows and the journey gets hard, when the weight of life presses upon us and we want to just quit, come to us with the reminder that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Come to us with the reminder that you will never give us more than we can bear. Come to us and carry us, that we might follow you in faith and courage. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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