As we pass through the Valley of Tears, many and merciless are the crosses that besiege us.
Our crosses have tongues as well as teeth .
The sharp teeth of our crosses chew us up into bits and pieces.
The tongues of our crosses are as sharp as their teeth .
Through the tongues of our crosses, the serpent broadcasts powerful anti-god propaganda.
The Tongues of our Crosses Taunt our Souls
While the sharp teeth of our crosses chew us up into bits and pieces, their sharp tongues taunt our souls saying, "Where is your Savior in your moment of need?" "Nobody is coming to rescue you." "If rescue were in store for you, you would be rescued now." "Despair!" "You are alone and forsaken."
The taunts are highly persuasive. They broacast powerful anti-God propaganda.
While we are nailed alive to our crosses and our savior is nowhere in sight, it is difficult to conceive that our God is our almighty lover. In our despair, we cry out, as Jesus cried out, “Eli, Eli,[a] lema sabachthani?” . While buried in the anti-god propaganda, the sweetness of paradise cannot pull us along the escape route through the Valley of Tears to the promised land
What is the good news of great joy?
The tongues of our crosses are forked. They are lying to us. As their sharp teeth chew us up into bits and pieces, their sharp tongues taunt us saying, "You are alone and forsaken." "Nobody is coming to rescue you." "Where is your savior now?" The taunts of our crosses are highly persuasive. While we are nailed alive to our crosses, it is difficult to conceive that our God is our almighty lover . Yet, we are not alone and forsaken. Our God did not abandon us in our dire predicament in the Valley of Tears. Our God is actively engaged in the process of rescuing us.
Note: the serpent is not rescuing us. In fact, he is the culprit who deposited us in our dire predicament in the Valley of Tears in the first place.