Some days our work in the church, particularly whe we are mired in intense disagreements and complex problem solving, can seem like a cross. These are the blessing and gifts of our ministries. At least for me, my crosses are those when I feel helpless to do anything. When there is such human suffering get and ugly violence breakso out, that is where I feel drawn to the cross and you own cross. That helplessness always leads me back in to God'said arms.
Jesus challenges the people to not expect easy road and to embrace
challenges as gifts from God. We are never alone in our burdens as Jesusproceeds us to the cross and gave his all for all.
Today as I sit in another meeting I ask God to help me see the blessings surrounding me. May we be mindful of our manifold blessings which often lose focus due to our personal struggles.