the world is silent

At the fifth station, Simon helps Jesus carry his cross.

In my years of the stations, this year, this day —

The fifth station speaks loudest.

Because I cannot understand why —

I google it to find an explanation:

Jesus even experiences our struggle to receive help.  He is made to experience the poverty of not being able to carry his burden alone.  He enters into the experience of all who must depend on others to survive.  He is deprived of the satisfaction of carrying this burden on his own.

And I know now why this is my station.  I am moving into a unique time —

When I may be called to help carry another’s cross.

I know I am blessed with the strength to be able to do this. 

And I know —

I will not be alone.

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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