Today I will wrestle with the fact that while Christ could die for us he could not carry His cross alone. In life we need others to help us carry our burdens, and others need us to help them with theirs. Simon’s planned journey to the celebration of Passover was jarringly interrupted by a totally unexpected life event. How would I respond when life interrupts my plans, when the Roman soldiers of life grab me and force me to carry the crossbeam of someone’s burden? Who will help me with my cross? How will I respond when life interrupts my neighbors’ plans? Will I offer to help carry their cross?

Luke 23:26
As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.

Today I will look to help carry the burdens of others as they go to God’s altar and, equally, accept the help of others on my journey. I will allow myself to be seized for Christ.