The Hard Things

“Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen.” Mark 15:46

Joseph of Arimathea was a prominent member of the council. Still, he took courage and asked for Jesus’ body.

Lord, help me do those hard things for You, the things that no one else wants to do . . .the things that may even make me look bad to others. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Waiting To Be Wrapped

There are acts that no one
really wants to do
but You lay it on our hearts
and we’re compelled to move
like Joseph taking Your body
down from the cross
the broken and hurting are waiting
to be wrapped in linens of Love.


  1. “Lord, help me do those hard things for You, the things that no one else wants to do . . .the things that may even make me look bad to others. ”

    Not an easy prayer, Deb, but with God all things are possible. Trusting Him to help me make the difficult decisions and have the difficult conversations.

    God bless you,

  2. Debbie, what a beautiful parallel. It’s like my feelings about Simon, helping Jesus bear the cross when He stumbled. Joseph of Arimathea gets little mention, but those people in the Gospels about whom little is written (the widow and her mite; the woman at the well) often have the greatest impact on our LIVING the gospel message.

    Great work, my dear.
    Have a safe and happy New Year, and we’re still in Christmastide, so again, Merry Christmas! Amy

  3. I should probably be more careful what I pray, but there are hard things that need done everyday, all around me! I just can’t turn away . . .kind of like leaving Him on the cross. God bless you Ann, as you handle all the hard things in your life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. So much in your comment that touches me . . .wraps me. That those mentioned little often help us the most with living the gospel. That is profound, Amy. And I love that it is still Christmastide! Merry Christmas to you too!!!

  5. That is a very moving post and prayer. It made me cry a little. I hope it is okay if I add one more thing.

    “Lord forgive me for the hard things I chose not to do, and provide me with new chances to do the hard things next time and eyes that will recognize them when they are right under my nose.”

  6. I love it when you add something! and this prayer is one that I need to pray too. One thing we know is that He does give us more chances, over and over, until we get it, until we pass the tests. I love that about Him. He doesn’t give up on us and He wants us to get the hard things and the easy things. God bless you and your faith and trust in Him!

  7. Deb, What a wonderfully challenging prayer and poem! We do seem to prefer the easy and comfortable way, but the hard way, the hard things that we are asked to do for Him, are so much more rewarding in the end. Peace, Linda

  8. I like easy, but am learning that its the hard things that really need done, that He asks me to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, not to shy away! God bless you, Linda, and all that He asks you to do today!

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