The young man was at the end of his
rope. Seeing no way out,
he dropped to his knees in prayer. "Lord, I can't go
on," he said. "I have too heavy a cross to bear."
The Lord replied, "My son,
if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this
room. Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you
The man was filled with relief. "Thank you Lord," he
sighed, and he did as he was told.
Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses, some so large
the tops were not visible. Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning
against a far wall.
"I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered. And the Lord
replied, "My son, that is the cross you just brought
When life's problems seem
overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people
are coping with. You may consider yourself far more fortunate than
you imagined. YOUR CROSS--Whatever your cross, whatever your pain.
There will always be sunshine after the rain. Perhaps you may
stumble, perhaps even fall, but… God is always there.
Even though I clutch my blanket
and growl when the alarm rings. Thank you, Lord, that I can hear.
There are many who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as
long as possible. Thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed
and put off rising. Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to
rise. There are many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are
lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so
loud. Thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are
Even though our breakfast table
never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at
times unbalanced. Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are
many who are hungry.
Even though the routine of my
job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to
work. There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish
my circumstances were not so modest. Thank you, Lord, for life.
Special Thanks to Bobby Sutton
for this contribution to the bulletin.