Fixing Eyes on the Unseen – Those Who Carry Loads

Those who carry pianos
to the tenth floor wardrobes and coffins
an old man with a bundle of wood limps beyond the horizon
a woman with a hump of nettles
a madwoman pushing a pram
full of vodka bottles
they will all be lifted
like a gull’s feather like a dry leaf
like an eggshell a scrap of newspaper

Blessed are those who carry
for they shall be lifted.

~Anna Kamienska, “Those Who Carry” translated from the Polish by David Curzon from The Gospels in Our Image; An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry Based on Biblical Texts

the wardrobe from C.S. Lewis’ childhood home built by his grandfather, later to serve as his inspiration for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in his home “The Kilns” at Oxford. Now at the Marion Wade Center at Wheaton College, Illinois

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:29-30

Christ Himself was heavy laden during His last week.
A shouldered burden too painful,
His soul weighed down, discouraged, disheartened.
Each step brought Him closer to desperate loneliness
borne of betrayal and rejection.

He carried the load for us all,
lifting up our weight so what we carry
becomes light as a feather.

Instead of loneliness, He promises to be with us.
Instead of rejection, He invites us home with Him.
Instead of discouragement, He totes our weary load.

We are lifted, lightened, and forever loved.

This year’s Lenten theme:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4: 18

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