Emily Belle Freeman



Day Two: Simon

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…they wove a crown of thorns and placed it upon His head, and as they mocked Him, they spat on Him and smote Him.  Then finally, after a night with no sleep and a day filled with torture, He was led away to be crucified.

Bruised and bleeding, He began to walk.

"And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus." Luke 23:26

When I think of Simon the Cyrenian, who came out of the country, I picture a man of very humble means, a simple passerby, and yet his name is recorded in scripture as a man who was willing to offer an act of goodness in a moment of great need ––one who was willing to take a compassionate detour.

Simon couldn't take away the pain that lay ahead  But for a small moment he could help bear the burden, even shoulder it, and for that moment Jesus did not suffer alone.

Since Simon was from the country, I wanted to find something that would represent humble circumstances and remind us of the service that comes from personal sacrifice.  I settled on a spool of jute ––the thin inexpensive rope that can be found at any hardware store.  We tied the jute around our wrists with a simple knot in the middle.  We call it a "forget knot," and it becomes a reminder to find someone who is struggling and help bear their burden.

This week take a compassionate detour.

Forget not.

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