‘The Pull Of God’ –
A Lenten reflection series adapted with permission from PrayerBench.ca
Next week, we are entering into Holy Week.
Perhaps our focus is more on the cross now than it was at the beginning of our Lenten journey.
In our small Lenten study group last week, we were thinking about how Jesus changed the symbol of the cross from one of an excruciating Roman punishment, to one of love.
What does the cross mean for you?
The people of El Salvador use the cross as an expression of their faith and hope in suffering. They have a tradition of creating beautiful colourful crosses, that dates back to the 1960s and 70s, when people fled the brutal persecutions in El Salvador and lived in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. They needed a way to reconcile their pain and horror with their deeply held Christian faith. They came up with something practical: to think of all the things that brought hope and meaning to their lives (children, a sunrise, bible stories, their village, etc) and to paint them in vivid colours on wooden crosses.
They call them crosses of Hope.
Spiritual Practice - prayerfully creative
Take a moment to reflect on where God is present in places of hope in your life and in the world around you.
Take some time to draw the outline of a cross – make it about the size of a full page, and cut out.
On the cross draw images, or write words and phrases illustrating where God is present as a Loving Presence in your life and in the life of the world.
Colour it in using colours that reflect the rainbow of hope.
If you can – send a photo of your cross to us at Grace and we will put pictures in our newsletter on Friday.
Next week, as we journey through Holy Week together, I will post a brief inspirational thought each day.
Peace. Rev. Gail
Each Wednesday we send out an inspirational message.