Chapter Seven: Following the King

From Embodying Mark, pp. 82-83:

Scripture also makes clear to us that it is completely appropriate to acknowledge that we are suffering. Not only that, we are invited to say this openly to God, to speak to God from our depths as we speak from our heights. Jesus draws on the biblical tradition of open, honest lament in his moment of greatest agony. By drawing on this tradition ourselves, we find that we can bring all that we are to God and that we then experience all of life as part of our life of faith. If we do not do this, then when things go desperately wrong or when we are angry or doubting or God seems far away, we may be more likely to feel that we have travelled outside the bounds of God’s love or that we have left the territory of faith and wandered into a wilderness alone. In fact, the wilderness is part of the story of faith. It is all part of it.

When we see suffering as part of life, and therefore as part of our life as people of faith, we can also see beyond it into God’s eternal love, which sustains us even when we do not feel it and moves us towards God’s future even when we can see nothing but absence and death and an end.

In your exploration of Mark 15:33-39, as you think, imagine, pray, and create, if there is anything you (or your group, if you are exploring Mark with others) would like to share — a thought, an idea, an image of a creative expression, or a video clip of a reading, presentation, or other creative embodiment of the text — please share that in a Reply box below.

If it is a thought or an idea, tell us about it. If it is a video, first put your video on YouTube, and then paste the URL (the YouTube address for that video) into your message in the Reply box, and the YouTube video will show up there; to get the right address for this, click on Share (you’ll see this option below the video), then select Embed and copy the address that comes up, then paste that into the Reply box, and once you post it, the video should appear. If it is a photo you would like to share, you can do this through any of a number of websites that allow you to share photos; I have tried it with Flickr, and to do it there, you tell it that you’d like to share the HTML (it lets you choose Link, HTML, or BBCode when you say you want to share the photo; you select HTML, and also select HTML rather than Embed). You may wish to write something about the photo or video.

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