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I am captured by the beautiful sadness of this image. Do you ever have days when the weight of the world's brokenness seems a more noticeable heaviness on your shoulders and heart than usual? Today is one of those days for me. In a way the burden is sweet. I want to be broken by sin and suffering. Salty tears on my face and tongue and an aching in my heart, and for once, not for my own worries or complaints. But it hurts. Held up from being overwhelmed by the hope and faint belief that redemption is alive in Jesus. The Gospel is desperately beautiful. No other blood-drenched, sorrow-filled, beautiful, reaching, heart-wrenching, life-giving, thirst-quenching mercy can save us from this dark, murky blackness--darkness to be felt.