crossroads

Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16

Go to the busiest crossroads you know, and try to notice everything: all the people, the cars, the buses, the colors, the noises, the clouds, the birds, the spaces. Notice the impatience.

Now picture the cross on which Jesus died as a crossroads of people, time and place; a physical crossroads through which at some time all people pass. Understand the cross as a meeting-place of all history with God, the source of all love, forgiveness and peace.

Remember in prayer all those who are at a particular crossroads in their own life, especially anyone close to you or with whom you have spoken in the last day or so. Here is another prayer which can be said over and over again–perhaps with ten repetitions–at a crossroads, at a home, or wherever you pray:

I praise You, Jesus, Son of the living God. The power of the Holy Spirit is with You to heal. Blessed are Your death and resurrection; and holy beyond all telling is the name of Jesus. Holy Jesus have mercy on us. Fill us with grace and truth. Give us power to become the children of God, and protect us always and everywhere by the loving power of the name of Jesus. AMEN.

via Aidan Clarke in The Secret Jesus

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