God, who was willing to come to our world and be murdered, understands our grief.
God is with us in every moment, even when we don’t know what to say, or how to rise about the overwhelming horror we are experiencing.
As we experience our fear, anger, and longing for justice, it is helpful to remember that Christ has shown us the way.
Let us not take our eyes off the Center. God is praying for us.
The medieval artists at Chartres explained this through the images of angels holding up the bowls of the prayers of saints. God is with us. Let us remain with God as we find our way to live with the suffering that is now ours.
May I continue to look to You. Teach me how to follow You more fully. Comfort all who mourn, I pray.
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8:26
Give ear, O God, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication. Psalm 86:6
Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Revelation 8:3-4 (NRSV)
Invitation to Prayer:
Look to Christ and remember what he suffered and how he died an innocent victim. See, maybe for the first time, how fully he can understand your grief. What prayers are emerging in your mind, heart, body, and imagination? Pray them now.
The center of the south rose stained glass window (1221-1230) at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Other Posts in this series on Praying with the South Rose at the Chartres Cathedral:
(1) Meeting the Stained Glass Window
(2) The Center
(3) Symbols that still speak to us
(4) Censing angels
(5) The Eagle representing the gospel writer John