The Way of the Cross

In reflecting on the words I shared yesterday of Desmond Tutu’s, I was drawn to remember a song from my evangelical days which was often sung as a reminder of the need to do the hard work of reconciliation:

“I know a place, a wonderful place
Where accused and condemned
Find mercy and grace
Where the wrongs we have done
And the wrongs done to us
Were nailed there with Him
There at the cross

At the cross,
At the cross
He died for our sin
At the cross,
At the cross
He gave us life again”

At times, this giving up of the need for recrimination or to be right can be hard, feeling painful.  And there is need for truth-telling and even equity on the path to true reconciliation.  But this call to see Christ in others, extending love, forgiveness, compassion, and at times reconciliation, is the path of the cross.

I can’t but think as I hear these words of a message from this past Sunday at a UCC here in the Triangle, where Rev. Dr. Jill Edens said, “The end of this way of the cross is not isolation or want but a new sense of family and community in which we find less need for anxiety”.   The true heart of this call is to recognized in our shared humanity, when we embrace it, there is enough for us, for the healing of our hearts, the healing of relationships, the healing of the earth, for in it dwells the living cosmic Christ.

May we all find that path in our personal relationships and with others.

Your progressive redneck preacher,




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