Fifth word from the cross
By Sandi Rice
Originally posted March 31, 2014, at I’m Christian. I’m Gay. Let’s Talk. Republished with permission of the author.
Note: Sandi Rice is a guest columnist for David Eck’s blog.
One of the more powerful statements that Jesus made from the cross was a statement to his own need. He was thirsty — and in his dying moments he called out to have that need met.
It is hard to ask for what we need. Sometimes we find it next to impossible to ask even our closest loved ones to help us in meeting our needs. But what amazing opportunities are missed when we fail to ask for what we need?
What is it today that we are thirsting for? What incredible needs are present in our midst that we don’t know because no one is asking? Scripture tells us that “we have not because we ask not.” How true that is.
But having to admit that we have needs makes us incredibly vulnerable — and let’s be honest, most of us don’t like feeling vulnerable, or helpless, or incapable of meeting our own needs. And so we will do anything we have to to make sure that we are not seen in such a light — needy and helpless!
But we are. We all have needs. We all have times in our lives when we are simply incapable of meeting our own needs. That is why we have one another — the beloved community. We are meant to be here for one another. We just have to be willing to ask for what we need.
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