The spiritual program that has most impacted my life may surprise you. It’s the Stations of the Cross.
Over the years I’ve gathered Gospel meditations and written prayers to go with each of the fourteen stations. It’s a crosswalk that brings me up close and personal to Jesus.
I call it Unforsaken because that’s the message. Because of Jesus we’re eternally embraced by our loving Father.
I’m amazed at the grace God has ministered to me through this ancient discipline. It’s done more to help me become like Jesus than any other course I’ve completed.
Unforsaken: With Jesus on the Stations of the Cross is the title of my new 68-page booklet. It features fourteen inspiring Gospel meditations, each with a picture, life application, and prayer. It’s a great resource for Lent.
And you don’t have to go to a monastery to physically walk the cross journey of Unforsaken — the pictures in the booklet make it easy to do this prayer walk anywhere.
Let me briefly tell you the surprising story of how my journey with Unforsaken began:
Come with me on “The Way of the Cross.”
It’s spring of 2005 and I’m with some friends of mine on retreat at a Benedictine monastery called the Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside, CA.
Frannie says to us, “Let’s do the Stations of the Cross.”
“I thought they were only for Catholics?” Doug remarks, saying what we’re all thinking. (We’re part of a Reformed church.)
“That’s where I learned them,” Frannie smiles. “But they’re meant for everyone!”
“Let’s try it!” I exclaim.
We decide to keep silence and go at our own pace…
Standing at the entrance to the monastery’s 3/4 mile prayer walk, I recall Jesus’ words: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
Thank you Jesus, I pray. By your cross you gave us your life and showed us how to live. (I was praying to grow in my appreciation for Christ’s sacrifice and my apprenticeship to him in daily life.)
Then I walk to the first station and pause to pray quietly in front of the statue of Jesus being condemned by Pilate. I look into his eyes…
Jesus loves the Roman procurator. He isn’t angry. Nor is he defensive. He’s standing tall, confident, and secure.
How? Where does Jesus get this peace and power?
Suddenly I realize, Jesus isn’t just in Pilate’s palace — he’s in his Father’s world!
But when I’m judged I feel inadequate and insecure…
Lord Jesus, I don’t know how to stand with you in God’s kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy. (Romans 14:17)
I feel teary. Holy desire wells up in my heart…
O Jesus, I want to stay close to you and become more like you!
Unforsaken: With Jesus on the Stations of the Cross
This just published booklet is designed for personal devotions or small groups. It includes a simple schedule for Lent, which starts with Ash Wednesday on March 1st. It’s only $9.99 in the Soul Shepherding store or on Amazon. (The Kindle version is just $4.99.)
Order your copy today to have it in time for Lent!
Let’s Read Unforsaken Together!
During Lent on our “Soul Talks With Bill & Kristi Gaultiere” podcast Kristi and I will be sharing our personal responses and applications to the readings in Unforsaken.
You and your friends can follow along with us, week-by-week. It’ll be like we’re in a small group together!
It’s all starts with the episode of “Soul Talks” that broadcasts on Saturday February 25th!
You can subscribe to “Soul Talks” for free using the Podcast App on your phone, on iTunes, or at SoulShepherding.org/podcast/