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The Way of the Cross - 9th Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time - Each time you fall, Jesus, it becomes harder and harder to see that you fulfill the prophet's words: "Behold your king comes..." (Matthew 21:5). How can I find any regal bearing in such weakness? Shall I see that you find the strength to go on? May I persevere in faith, for"such a one shall be blessed..."James 1:25).
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The Way of the Cross - 7th Station: Jesus Falls the Second Time - Ready to make your king, Jesus, the crowd exclaimed, "Hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:9). Now as you stumble and fall again, you challenge our cherished assumptions about kingship. Through your suffering and humility, teach me to rely on God for strength in all my trials.
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The Way of the Cross - 5th Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross - Sion is pressed into service, Lord, Like the colt upon which you rode. "The master has need of them," you said (Matthew 21:3). Still, it's not easy to say yes. In following your call, I risk embarrassment or worse. Fill my heart with courage to embrace your Way, which leads to promised blessings.
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The Way of the Cross - 3rd Station: Jesus Falls the First Time - Dear Jesus, you are humbled by the unseen obstacle along the way. The crowd seems to delight in your misfortune, even as they so recently held you in the highest esteem. When I am brought low, teach me to reach for your mercy and grace. I, too, can lean on the Father's blessing.
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The Way of the Cross - 1st Station: Pilate condemns Jesus to Death - Just a few days ago, Jesus, all of Jerusalem seemed united in their love for you. Now their cheers of blessing have turned to jeers; "Let him be crucified!" (Matthew 27;22). Help me to take every blessing and condemnation in stride. Keep me from constantly seeking approval from the crowd, and remind me that in your eyes, I am always a beloved child of God.
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The Way of the Cross - 8th Station: Jesus Meets The Women of Jerusalem - Did these women hail and bless you , Lord? Now they weep to see you brought so low. Yet you show them a different kind of blessedness, born of confidence in God's enduring love. Give me that same grace whenever I confront desperate situations in my life.
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The Way of the Cross - 6th Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus - Once, many were willing to lay down their cloaks to honor you (Matthew 21:8). Now only Veronica is left to offer her veil. How easy it is to get caught up in the chase of power and glory! Show me, Lord, where enduring blessings can be found: in humble, selfless service for other in your name.
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The Way of the Cross - 4th Station: Jesus Meet His Mother - Mary knew the truth about you, Jesus; like you, she was blessed from within the womb (Luke 1:42). It must disturb her to see you  in such low estate, yet her faith endures. Help me to learn from your mother, Lord, and trust in God whenever I encounter the mysteries of life.
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The Way of the Cross - 2nd Station: Jesus Takes Up His Cross - No longer does the colt carry you onward, Lord. Instead, you have become a beast of burden yourself, shouldering the rough wood upon which you will die. The load seems impossible, yet your carry it, and I am awed by your great love. May I find the courage to walk on in your name.
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O Lord of love, for all our joys and sorrows, for all our hopes when earth shall fade and flee; Oh Christ the same, beyond our brief tomorrows, we bring our thanks for all that is to be. - WOV #778
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The Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is one of 65 synods in the United States.