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Carry Your Cross

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Carry Your Cross

When you said,
“Take up your cross, and follow me?”
What did you mean, Jesus?
What did you mean?

That cross…that I have to bear…
It seems too heavy for me
I’m crushed under the load
Weighed down…
Unable to breathe
Much less move

I can hardly carry myself around, Jesus
And now I must carry it as well?

What is that cross, Jesus?
Are you sure I can bear it?
Is it the cross of self-denial?
It is my crucified pride?
My unruly desires?
My self-indulgent will?
My selfish dreams?

Jesus, is it that love
That threatens to consume me
Is it that love
That cannot…that SHOULD not be mine
That you want me to crucify
On this cross
That you want me to bear?

Remember, Jesus
Remember, Lord…
Please, remember
That I am weak
I’m only human
Most of all unwilling...

I balk at the pain I must endure
But….I know
You can help me carry this cross
For you carried a much bigger one
That had nailed on it
All my insecurities and pain
Right along with your bleeding hands
That covered those sins
And washed them in red and made them
Whiter…much whiter than snow

Jesus…help me bear it
This cross is too heavy for my frail shoulders
Please, hold me in your embrace
Secure me…
Cover me with your strong arms
Let your shoulders bear the weight
Once again….
As you carry this cross..
My cross
For me.

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 5/29/2013 10:50:00 AM
    I am also a PK(*wink*) -- which has a lot to do with why I am the way that I am. Call me crazy and delusional, but there is something in my gut instinct, in my core, which has me do it without the dogma, the stale rituals, the regurgitated constructs, the archetypes and metas. Yeshua ben Yosef didn't want this modern religion in his name. This is only my belief. It is religions and misinterpretations that I have a problem with. I am ok with being wrong, for a part of us is already eternal, and eternity transcends far beyond the human concepts of heaven and hell.

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 12:26:00 AM
    This felt like a heartfelt prayer to me. Admitting that you can't do it on your own... that's a hard thing to do! Yet it's something that we all must strive to do. You seem like a very caring person, by what you write. I hope you've persevered through your struggle!

  1. Date: 3/8/2013 10:53:00 PM
    Here's a very powerful poem! I am greatly awed. Thanks for the inspiration! Endure to the end! Always, Laura

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 10:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, my dear! :) Sweet of you!
  1. Date: 3/8/2013 6:22:00 AM

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 10:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

  1. Date: 3/6/2013 11:59:00 PM
    Jesus never gives anyone to carry a cross heavier than the one we can carry. What keeps us from collapsing is faith! Excellent poem!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/7/2013 12:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, dear Demetrios. He knows how much we can bear and what we aren't able to bear, He carries for us. Thank you for your lovely post.
  1. Date: 3/6/2013 6:12:00 PM
    A beautiful prayer Eileen. God will never give us more than we can bear. He lived on earth to prove to us He knows what we go through. Just ask for the help and you will receive it. Blessings. Donna

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/7/2013 12:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, true, Donna. I know...He does say though, if you love me, keep my commandments. Love is not just something we say, but....we are to love in action and in truth. isn't always easy to follow Him...but He is there to help along the way. Hugs!