As Christians, we are called to carry a cross in this lifetime. The cross changes, depending on our age, circumstance, and vocation. Yet, no matter how heavy it is, we are to lean on Christ and find joy despite the pain. That’s what Jean Biscombe—known as “Ms. Jean” to her Charlotte, North Carolina, pre-school students—did when she was fighting cancer.
As recalled by Catholic News Herald columnist Rico De Silva whose daughter was in Biscombe’s class, it was easy to forget she was fighting cancer because of her joyful attitude and optimistic personality. She cared about her students and went about her day with the purpose of doing her best for the benefit of others. Upon her death in 2011, De Silva wrote that he thanked God he “was able to cross paths with such a courageous and loving woman.”
It’s never easy to carry a cross, but the courage it takes to accept it is in true imitation of Christ.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all
circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Lord, this life can be hard. Help lighten my load by
keeping me close to You all the days of my life.