Blood and Bandages
We want to learn from the stories of those innovatively embodying the mysteries of the cross of Christ and giving fresh voice to the new life of His resurrection.
To be the salt of the earth is to be crushed into the ground so that fertility and life can spring forth. To know the power of the resurrection we need to embrace the suffering of the cross. Any return from exile must be mediated through the pain of lament. And any journey to wholeness and holiness is tempered by the joyous pain of being freed from sin.
“I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”
The cross reminds us that we are ordinary vessels of clay and nails us humbly to the way of our Saviour. We offer not only the gospel but open our lives in vulnerability to the last, least and lost. To see others healed we proclaim the cross and are present among the crushed.
“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
But we must first ourselves be healed – the pioneer as a wounded healer following a crucified Christ. White bandages as a symbol of suffering and healing, but white cloth also as an image of the grave-clothes left in the tomb by the resurrected Christ. A vision of a healed and transformed new creation, the experience of the Spirit revealed now and empowering the inexorable story of redemption, and the gentle touch of hope from a compassionate Christ to those left in despair: the pioneer as witness to the resurrection and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Here at White Canvas we want to participate in each other’s learning because listening helps heal and writing is cathartic. And we dare to dignify the process as in fact witnessing to the glory of Christ in the everyday, be it through his sharing in our suffering and confusion or in our joys and breakthroughs.