The Carpenter's Way
First of all, thanks be to God for your taking the time to read this poem. Its a simple poem written one morning as a small illumination of what the Chrisitan life and the person of Jesus Christ is like. The latin is translated in the succeeding lines.
A hate-filled heart destroys itself. Its target may be someone else, but it will stand between you and God. That is why Christ Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. That does not mean to submit to them but to view them with compassion.
THE CROSS JESUS CARRIED
It is easy to fall into self pity when we fall on hardships or suffering. Nothing we endure comes close to what Christ Jesus endured for us. He who endured so much for us will comfort us in our own pain.
A CUP OF WINE
Jesus shed his blood on the cross for us. He alone can give us eternal life. At the Last Supper took the cup, gave thanks saying "This is My blood of the new covenant which is shed for many." Joy will overcome the cost of accepting this wine.