Holding On For Hope

Many versions of Christ’s crucifixion exist in many forms to tell the story. One thing that is in all the versions is the torture and suffering inflicted upon Him throughout the many hours He was taken into custody. I won’t go through all the levels of suffering, but rather that He chose to walk the path which led to this. He knew long before this time that this is why He came into this world, also. He willingly went through this.

While gathering somewhere else and His followers giving up hope for a world where Jesus led them, Christ walked this entire road to this end – stumbling, blood, sweat, acceptance, pain, nails, the cross, even to the sword through His side and His last words, “It is done.” and His death. As a human being, He experienced every moment of these things.

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” In these words, He speaks of seeing past the material world, past earthly actions and behaviors, and past the cause of His death. In Him was the hope that comes with seeing past the physical world to that which is beyond our own ability to see. His sight was capable of seeing His life continuing in the way that was Truth of who He was and who we are.  Hence how He could ask for their/our forgiveness.

Like His followers, there are so many times and situations where we feel our own loss of hope. Despair, discouragement, sorrow, grief for things lost or never gained, suffering – each of these are things we know and experience. We don’t see what He sees, but we are challenged to look beyond the material experiences – look beyond our material circumstances and our physical situations.

When we find ourselves in these experiences – experiences leading to our lost hope, it is these times – which we all go through – when we are little children, in pain, lost in the dark, and very scared – children in adult bodies still thinking we are adults. “Suffer the little children to come unto me” is His statement to our “adult belief” to let the hurt, lost and scared child self come to Him. Then we can reach up as children must do, to His waist and wrap our arms around Him, holding on with all our strength.

It is these moments with His arms reaching down to us bringing us in, that He gives His most to us – His most love, His most caring, His most comfort, His most acceptance, His most everything – when we let ourselves “come unto Him”.

There are things which He knows, and sometimes we get to learn if we work at it. One of these things is hope. We are all still learning. And as we hold onto His waist with our child-strength, He lets us know, “Remember, I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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“If we have loving kindness in our hearts, patience in our hearts, humor in our hearts, compassion, mercy and forgiveness in our hearts, and more, then Jesus knows us by name, because then, Christ is in our hearts. ” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2014, Jodie Senkyrik)

“God has hope, because God knows of possibilities for success far beyond our own awareness, knowledge and understanding.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2009-2018, Jodie Senkyrik)

“God enjoys saying, “Good try. Keep going, don’t give up, let’s try again.” ” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2009-2018, Jodie Senkyrik)

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Two Views from Every Window

Have you ever noticed that there are many times two sides to every story? Sometimes, there are even more sides. No matter what a person experiences or what relationship difficulties exist, the people involved all have their own side of the story.

Like a boxing match, there are two sides that have opposing views. Which side or view represents the truth? The winning side? Really? Are you sure? Does the truth always win?

In many sports events, there can be two teams and they have opposing intentions. Which team represents the truth? In an argument, which side represents the truth? In an altercation, which side represents the truth? In a court of law, which side represents the truth? The loudest? The angriest? The most insulting and condemning? The sliest? The trickiest?

When Jesus walked, carrying the cross to Golgotha to be killed, the crowds yelled loudly. They angrily shouted insults at Him, condemning Him. They threw things at Him. They used whatever they could – loudness, anger, insults, criticisms, rocks, trash – to make sure they got their views, their anger, their rage, and all their thoughts out. Were they demonstrating the truth because they were loud, angry and condemning? They were united in their condemning Him. Does their being united mean they represented the truth?

There really are two sides to every story, like there are two sides to every coin, two sides to every window, and two very different views from that window’s two sides. Unfortunately, we more often listen to only one side – look through the window at only one view – look at the coin and see only one side without acknowledging the truth of the whole thing. When we do this, and we do it often, we don’t have the whole truth. It’s impossible to have the whole truth. We can go so far to say that we refuse the whole truth.

With only one side of the story, the truth isn’t known. The view then becomes incomplete. The whole truth becomes denied.

Imagine if someone said something about you to others, and that statement hurt you. What if the others hearing it, reacted as if that were the only truth needing to be heard. You knew you had your side of the story, but no one wanted to hear it. They believed what the other person said was the whole truth without your side of the story ever being listened to. What would happen then? Crucifixion. It happens all the time, doesn’t it. How many times are we the ones carrying the hammer and nails?

We can only get the whole truth if we work hard at getting both sides.  We will work hard at getting both sides only if we truly want the whole truth.

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“All that we learn about God and the Truth, we will learn from within.  There are no exceptions to this.  Regardless of if or what we hear come from another person or not.  That spirit which is within our own self, gives witness to Truth, and it is this act that is the true act of learning.  Of course, that doesn’t mean we listen.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1999-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)