THE NARROW WAY OF THE CROSS
In many ways the “carry your cross daily” in Luke 9:23 goes hand in hand with “narrow is the gate and the road is hard that leads to life” of Matthew 7:14.
David Hayward, the artist who created the above Cross, calling it “Narrow Way”, writes:
“The cross is a metaphor for perseverance in spite of suffering. It is about victimization of the innocent. It also represents determination, sacrifice, surrender, struggle, and the desire to work for justice in the face of incredible injustice, as well as abiding under threat.” He goes on to say that “The cross is also the intersection of the vertical and horizontal… the sacred and the secular… where they meet… in the very center of human struggle and suffering. It is persisting at the junction of life and death.”
Are you aware of this “narrow way” that leads to the fullness of life? What does it look like and how does it feel?
How do you embrace the cruciform shape of life on a daily basis?
In English we sometimes say, “hang in there”. How do you hang? Despairing? Fearful? Anxious? Or hopeful, already sensing the greening power of emergent new possibilities?
Art: Narrow Way by David Hayward of nakedpastor.com