Jesus falls the first time
The climb is long, the path is narrow, the load is heavy, the taunting crowd presses close, the guards hurry him on. He trips; and falls beneath the weight across his shoulders...
Lord Jesus, you fall into our darkness
to meet us there
in the weakness of doubt and discouragement.
We pray for all who fall,
for all who have found the burdens of life too heavy,
the road too long
and help far away.
Be their courage now,
and by your fall
lift us all up in new strength.