The story of Simon of Cyrene is a model for us. Simon was a man of color from Cyrene in North Africa his encounter with Jesus is retold in three of the Gospels: Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21 and Luke 23:26.

Simon came to Jerusalem and was in the crowd watching Jesus strain under the weight of the cross when a Roman soldier forced Simon to help Jesus carry the cross to Golgotha.

God, the Father appointed Simon that day to relieve some of Christ’s burden. This encounter with Christ must have transformed Simon’s life and that of his wife and sons, Alexander and Rufus.

Rufus is mentioned in Romans 16: 13 as chosen of the Lord and Paul writes of Rufus’ mother as being a mother to him also. This family had a significant role in the early church in furthering the work of the kingdom.

Like Simon of Cyrene, we need fellow Christians to share what is really going on in our lives so we can help carry each other’s burdens. We also remind each other of who we really are: children of the King, righteous, blessed, courageous, and beloved of the Lord, a royal priesthood and that the Lord has a purpose and a plan for our lives.

We all need this encouragement—especially when the road gets rough and the journey feels really long.

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The HEART COURSE is an 8-week Christ-centered online course for people of color to heal from racial trauma. With over 20 years of experience in emotional healing counseling, life coaching, reconciliation, and peace-building Sheila Wise Rowe and Nicholas Rowe are uniquely gifted to create and offer this course.
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