Today we will stand at the foot of the cross from the distance of time. We know what lays beyond the morn. And yet as we tarry in its presence and see our Savior, the suffering servant who willingly humble obiedence, lays down his life for us, we shutter at the immensity and reality of the cost of that love. Let us not rush too quickly beyond it shadow for there are lessons to be learned before our Lord cries out, “It is finished!” It is in dying that we learn to live. It is in the loneliness of darkness that we discover that God will never leave us nor forsake us. This is a sacred hour; let us stand, by grace, through faith, in its transformative shadow.