Let's Hear It For The Boys
Historically, men have had it rough. They go out, they face challenges, they make sacrifices, they come home. Whether that be hunting and gathering, going off to war, or just trying to get through the workday, they hold their heads up high, and they keep moving forward. In my experience, men do not like to talk about their day-to-day work. It is done now, and they like to leave it in the past. They do not like to talk about what is bothering them. They do not like to divert their concentration toward something they cannot change when there are plenty of things they can change right in front of them.
In spite of all the world resting neatly on their shoulders, they make time to be present. They sit at the head of the table sharing wisdom with their children, sharing jokes with their friends, and continuing to woo their wives long after the documents are signed, just to make sure everyone knows how much they are appreciated. I think this is why Jesus came to us as a man. He knew and loved His creation, and He wanted to join us in our struggles to save us from the poor decision-making that led us to this moment in our lives.
Prayer After the Stations
You became an example
of humility, obedience, and patience,
and preceded me on the way of life
bearing Your Cross.
Grant that, inflamed by Your love,
I may cheerfully take upon myself
the sweet yoke of Your Gospel
together with mortification of the Cross
and follow You as a true disciple
so that I may be united with You
Put on the armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the deceit of the devil. For we are not struggling against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, the powers, and the cosmic rulers of this present darkness, and against spirits of evil in the heavens.
Eph 6: 10-12