(Carrying the Cross, detail, Matthias Grunewald, 1523, from The Edge of the Enclosure)
Simon of Cyrene Carries Jesus' Cross
They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.
Keep me mindful, dear Lord,
That the one whose online presence I envy,
May be carrying burdens I can’t imagine.
Keep me awake, dear Lord,
To the possibility that the one
Whose online presence is eternally cheerful,
May be masking deep untold sadness.
Keep me conscious, dear Lord,
That the nauseatingly perfect online persona
May have imperfections I would not want.
Open my arms, dear Lord,
To be willing to embrace the real person
Who might live behind a profile.