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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hebrews, Chapter 11, Verse 27
By faith he (Moses) left Egypt, not fearing the king’s fury, for he persevered as if seeing the one who is invisible.

Moses was a warrior who was led by faith to serve the one who is invisible. Although as the adopted son of pharaoh he could have had the power of Egypt yet he chose to follow Him who is. Moses was a righteous man. A righteous man is one who leads a life that is pleasing to God.

I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. (Ps. 23:4)

Faith helps a warrior to focus himself and conserve the warrior energy for where it is most effective. Ponder the fact that Christ at any moment could have chosen to fight and the results would have been the defeat of the Romans and the loss of man.

Resting with your Cross[1]

William Johnson a Jesuit writer suggests that we must stay with our painful experiences and summit ourselves to the “Prayer of the Suffering.” He suggests one must simply sit and accept one’s cross, accept it totally, unreservedly whether it is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. It is the prayer of silent acceptance. The pain is not a distraction but the substance of our prayer. One unites one’s suffering with that of Jesus on the cross: for the salvation of the world or for particular people. The cross may arise from the ache of loneliness, the torment of betrayal, failure, fear of dying or the loss of one’s good name. Whatever the cause; Sit with it, don’t run away; don’t try to escape. Don’t fight. Sit with your cross.

[1] Max Olivia, The Masculine Spirit, 1997. 

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