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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again: We Take Up Our Cross

Mark 8:28-38, NRSV


And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.

— Goethe, The Holy Longing

  • In any life situation, confronted by an outer threat or opportunity, you have a choice between two options. You can either harden and brace defensively, or you can yield and soften internally. The first response will plunge you immediately into your small self, with its animal instincts and survival responses. The second will allow you to stay aligned with your heart, where the odds of a creative outcome are infinitely better. –Cynthia Bourgeault, The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind


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