Psalm 22:23-31 (these versus are the road to follow for all of us)
An extract from a sermon by Reverend Richard J. Fairchild
Abraham hoped against hope, and became the father of nations.
Jesus believed that God would use him – even in death
– and he became the way, the truth and the life.
There is no easy way out of what life demands of us, there is no avoiding the words of Jesus: “those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for me and for the sake of the gospel will save it.”
But there is a dream, and there is a promise,.
There is a poem that goes like this to guide us:
The tree that never had to fight
for sun and sky and air and light,
that stood out in the open plain,
and always got its share of rain,
never became a forest king,
but lived and died a scrubby thing.
The man who never had to toil,
who never had to win his share
of sun and sky and light and air,
never became a manly man
but lived and died as he began.
Good timber does not grow in ease.
The stronger wind, the tougher trees;
the farther sky, the greater length;
the more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snows,
in tree or man good timber grows.
Where thickest stands the forest growth
we find the patriarchs of both,
And they hold converse with the stars
whose broken branches show the scars
of many winds and much of strife –
this is the common law of life.
There is no easy way out of what life demands of us, there is no avoiding the words of Jesus.
But there is a dream, and there is a promise, which we can act upon, which, when acted upon, leads us to the life that God wants us to have.