“About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice,…’My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me’” (Matthew 27:46).
Once you have experienced enough of life to know irreversible loss, disappointment, and pain, there is unexpected comfort to be found in these crying words of Jesus. In reading the sacred text for the first time, one might have expected another miracle from Jesus; to spare himself such an experience as this. Miracles, however, are a break from reality; the norm. Jesus’ cry is a depiction of real faith; a faith that does not offer a pass from the harsh realities of life but provides, instead, a hope to which we cling when tripped by the crippling circumstances of adversity.