Where I Want To Be

by Howard Hain

 

Martin Schongauer Bust of a Man in a Hat Gazing Upward ca 1480-90 The Met

Martin Schongauer, “Bust of a Man in a Hat Gazing Upward”, ca. 1480-90 (The Met)

 

J.M.J.

 

There’s only one place I want to be.

On the Cross with my good Christ.

Strange. Odd. Uncomfortable to admit.

The Cross is where I want to be.

The Cross is where I feel free.

 

The thought of being lifted up high.

The chance to be in pain.

With Him Whom I still don’t know.

To want it to never stop.

To not understand a single thing.

To be burned alive.

I can only call it love.

 

Yes. So be it. It’s Your command.

 

The Cross is where I want to be.

The Cross is where I am free.

The Cross is where I encounter love.

 

Yes, Lord Jesus.

Let me hang with You.

If only for a while.

My sins and those of all the world.

Added to the funeral pile.


 

Howard Hain is a contemplative layman, husband, and father. He blogs at http://www.howardhain.com

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Web Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Martin Schongauer, “Bust of a Man in a Hat Gazing Upward”, ca. 1480-90

1 thought on “Where I Want To Be

  1. Berta

    Dear Lord Jesus, sometimes as I meditate on Your body on that Cross I plead with You to let me take Your place even for just a little while. Let me bring You some relief. Let me hang there and look down at Your people with the love You had for them. I don’t think I can hang there on that Cross for long. The heaviness of the sins of the world are too much for my body. But if only each one of us in this world said no to sin, then the Cross would not be as heavy! May we as Your followers learn to be less sinful and more righteous! It’s the least we can do for Your immense Love and sacrifice!

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