The Way of the Cross

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us...
Hebrews 12:1

From life to death to life again, this is the way of the cross.

I was looking up the assigned lectionary texts for Wednesday of Holy Week, and this one from Hebrews was included. It speaks volumes on this Holy Week, since we just buried one of our saints, Marshall Love.

Pictured here is Marshall driving his stock car at Beech Bend park in his twenties.

Even in death, his spirit seems untamable. 

Which seems like the most important truth for us to allow to sink deep down in our bones and in our hearts this Holy Week.

As we walk this road together, we acknowledge that there is loss, heartache, and death along the way.

But as I watched you all gather at the funeral home for Marshall's visitation, so many church people lingering, standing witness, entering darkness with courage, I was reminded of life anew.

We must remember the painful journey to the cross. But you all remind me, all the time, that we are Easter people.



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