Taking Up Our Crosses

Words of Jesus flow
To followers to be
To take up your cross
Come and follow me

Note, he does not say
To make or look for one
Each his own to carry
Hard its will be done

Are we each so willing?
To take up and accept
Our cross to be our own
To carry with each step

Maybe we can’t study
Or handicapped we be
In a family conflict
Victims who can’t flee

Choose them we did not
But cross that we must bear
We can refuse or hate
Or follow Jesus near

Based upon words taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco

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