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March 13, 2016

“The Good Thief on the Cross” by Jacopo Bassano (c. 1571), Louvre Museum, Source Web Gallery of Art http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/b/bassano/jacopo/2/z_thief.html (PS-Art, PD-Old-100)

We all know the story of the good thief, crucified with Jesus. Though nailed to a cross himself, the good thief did three remarkable things: he defended Christ against taunts by the other thief hanging there; he admitted his own guilt; and he recognized Christ’s deity.

One man reacted to suffering by cursing God, the other with prayer. One man had his eyes closed, the other his heart opened.

The good thief’s name is lost to us, but not his fate.

Then he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise’ ” (Luke 23: 42-43).

Lord Jesus, once again we seek Your forgiveness for ourselves and our nation.

You have so richly blessed us, Lord, and still we choose evil over good. We can offer no defense, but like the good thief on the cross throw ourselves on Your mercy.

Without You we stand condemned. Through You, we have life everlasting.

Amen

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  https://avoicereclaimed.com

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