Saturday, April 4, 2009
Straining under the weight, too weary to even stumble.
Staggering, unable to press forward.
Tears and sweat sap strength.
Anguish deeper than pain and fear.
There is simply nothing left.
Welling up, despair cries out.
Yet, its very sound is one of hope -- faint but fearless.
Why, O Lord?
Ears open to the voice of sincerity, humility, faith.
I can hear my nothingness.
See my dignity.
Touch my identity.
Something sterner than death arises.
Beating in harmony with a force other than being.
There is light, and it sings.
This cross I have, I must need.
Why is beyond the mind's eye,
guarded by Truth and Love.
The reply rises softly, lingers, prods.
Help me with this cross.
It belongs to me.
Help me with it.
Together, we carry it.
With one another, and for all others.
This cross only makes sense if it is borne for another's sake.
Weakness is made strong.
Back straightens. Feet steady.
This cross is still here.
But now it embraces all.