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Suffer the Middle Thing

You are the Alpha

and the Omega.

I trust you are behind me

I trust you are ahead of me.

It's this middle thing

We call life

That I don't trust so much -

At least half of it anyway.

To my right I see

the angels and the saints

Interceding and protecting

Praying and encouraging.

To my left I see

the demons and the detractors

Interrupting and attacking

Sneering and antagonizing.

This path makes me tired.

I hurt all over.

And why not?

It did the same to You.

The Via Dolorosa

They called it.

So why shouldn't I

Keep going...

On this way of suffering?

On this way of love?

You called me on this path

After all

This very one

Or something quite like it.

So, I'll suffer the middle

Or whatever will make me closer to You!

Old Jerusalem, Via Dolorosa (street between 5th and 6th station, looking towards east). Photograph taken between 1898 and 1946 taken either by the American Colony Photo Department or its successor, the Matson Photo Service. Part of the G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.

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