…they wove a crown of thorns and placed it upon His head, and as they mocked Him, they spat on Him and smote Him. Then finally, after a night with no sleep and a day filled with torture, He was led away to be crucified.
Bruised and bleeding, He began to walk.
“And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.” Luke 23:26
When I think of Simon the Cyrenian, who came out of the country, I picture a man of very humble means, a simple passerby, and yet his name is recorded in scripture as a man who was willing to offer an act of goodness in a moment of great need ––one who was willing to take a compassionate detour.
Simon couldn’t take away the pain that lay ahead But for a small moment he could help bear the burden, even shoulder it, and for that moment Jesus did not suffer alone.
Since Simon was from the country, I wanted to find something that would represent humble circumstances and remind us of the service that comes from personal sacrifice. I settled on a spool of jute ––the thin inexpensive rope that can be found at any hardware store. We tied the jute around our wrists with a simple knot in the middle. We call it a “forget knot,” and it becomes a reminder to find someone who is struggling and help bear their burden.
This week take a compassionate detour.