alone if we must

Today I’m feeling astonished by my own sinfulness. My grandiose schemes for self-realization leave me feeling carnal. But I fear the cost of discipleship. Especially the social cost – I am anxious that those I love will not go with me. Does cruciformity always mean betrayal with a kiss in the garden, denial in the temple courtyard? It’s the loneliness I fear most. If only she will go with me. . . But I realize this even as I think the thought: if I’m not willing to go alone, I cannot go with another.

    Each one must will to go
    together if we can,
    but alone if we must.
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