Simon Helps Carry the Cross of Jesus

The 5th Station:

Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

Psalm 51

9 Turn away your face from my sins, and wipe away all my guilt.

For as long as I can remember, I have felt a kinship with Simon. A man whom, I believe had no intent of getting involved with the terrible events of Good Friday. He was minding his own business when he felt a hand on his shoulder, forcing him in to service of carry a cross of what looks like a criminal.

First lesson: Not everything is as it looks.

Second Lesson: God has a plan for each of our lives.

Third Lesson: We don’t always know what that plan is.

I have been working on a picture book about Simon. One of the passage reads: The man whose cross he carried looked like he had gone days without sleep. He wore a crown of thorns. One eye was swollen shut. Blood matted his hair. Sweat soaked his purple cloak. The silent man stumbled and fell. Simon reached down. He gently brushed the gravel from the man’s bloody knee.

“Can you get up? I’ll help you as much as I can, but please, try to walk or the whips will be on our backs,” Simon whispered, as he pulled the man to his feet.

            Momentarily, their eyes met and Simon saw compassion and love. The man’s body worn to the point of exhaustion, but his eyes burned with a fiery love. The man seemed to peer into Simon’s very soul and understood his thoughts. Simon knew he’d remember this face for a long time.

In Psalm I read Psalm 51

9 Turn away your face from my sins, and wipe away all my guilt.

Lord, I sorry for turn my face from you in uncomfortable times. Please wipe away my guilt. Show me how I can help carry that cross that is too heavy for someone who crosses my path. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

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