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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 15, 2012 - Sorrows

By Hilda Schnell

In the heat of summer, you may not think about Easter, but I’ll always remember one Good Friday when I sat alone at home. A swollen throat kept me there while my family attended service. It was the first time I could remember not being in church on a Good Friday.

Very strange. Yet my heart was glad for the opportunity to be still before the Lord, on that day of all days. Something deep within my spirit yearned to draw close to my Redeemer in a fresh way.

Isaiah 53 has special meaning when we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. I opened my Bible to those beloved and familiar words again, taking particular note of the first part of verse 4: “Surely he [Jesus] took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows” (NIV). The phrase “carried our sorrows” jumped out at me.

I considered some of the sorrows heaped on Jesus through my life alone. The pain of growing up in a dysfunctional family. Going without when others had everything they wanted. My parents’ separation. Some time later, their divorce.

Years later, I endured two miscarriages in the same year. Surgery. A third miscarriage. Invasive, privacy-erasing infertility investigations. A two-month hospitalization in a psych ward. Another visit to a psych ward after giving birth to our long prayed-for child. A third hospitalization almost four years later. The verdict of mental illness. Losing myself to find my true identity in Christ.

Just think about it: Jesus carries all of our individual sorrows — every day of our lives. Although His atoning lifeblood has covered all our sin and heartache, He still continues to carry our sorrows. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22,23).

The tender, compassionate heart of our Father longs to free us from all that weighs us down. Because of His Son’s choice to endure the cross to save us from our sinful selves, the priceless freedom of every human being that will ever be created was paid for — once for all. Truly, Jesus has “sealed [our] pardon with His blood” (Philip P. Bliss, “Hallelujah! What a Savior!”).

Might this be a good day to probe your heart for the sorrows that weigh heavily on you? Why don’t you let Jesus carry them for you? “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Your Savior wants to carry all your sorrows — today and every day.

— Hilda Schnell, a freelance copy editor and writer, lives in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son.

 

 

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