Sunday, 14 April 2019

The Foxes Have Holes

The 6th painting is called 'foxes have holes' and refers to Luke 9:58, where Jesus says that foxes have holes, birds have nests- but the Son Of Man has nowhere to lay his head. He is pointing out to those who say "Jesus, I will follow you anywhere" that the path will not be easy, that there will be self-denial and sacrifice involved. 
Liz reminded me earlier this week that Tuesday was the 74th anniversary of the the execution of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Pastor and theologian hanged for his part in an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler.
Bonhoeffer understood what it meant to be a Christian, to 'take up the cross daily and follow' - he wrote these words in "The Cost of Discipleship" - and I think they are very appropriate as we enter Holy Week.

Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow him, or it may be a death like Luther’s, who had to leave the monastery and go out into the world. But it is the same death every time – death in Christ.


  1. Having a safe home is such a blessing, isn't it? Yet, there are so many people in this world without a home, whether it is a physical home or a spiritual home.

  2. You are so right, Bless. To feel safe and have a secure place to be, both physical and spiritual, is important for every person - yet so many are without these blessings.


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