Beach: always a cross
[Jesus:] “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
—Mark 8:35 (NIV)
The symbol of the New Testament and the Christian Church is a cross, which stands for a love faithful despite physical agony and rejection by the world. No amount of air-conditioning and pew-cushioning in the suburban church can cover over the hard truth that the Christian life... is a narrow way of suffering; that discipleship is costly: that, for the faithful, there is always a cross to be carried. No one can understand Christianity to its depths who comes to it to enjoy it as a pleasant weekend diversion.
... W. Waldo Beach (1916-2000), The Christian Life, Richmond, Va.: CLC Press, 1966 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, strengthen me to endure the test.
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