“My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:33-34

The fourth in my sequence of meditations on the ‘Seven Last Words’ of Jesus, written in 2015 for the Three Hours at the Cross at St. Mary’s Old Basing and Lychpit.

Meditation 1 ‘Father forgive them, they know not what they are doing’
Meditation 2 ‘Today you will be with me in paradise’
Meditation 3 ‘Woman, this is your son’

You are welcome to re-use these, suitably attributed, but it be great to know where, so please use the comment facility to let me know.

“My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:33-34

The presence of a thorny crown.
The presence of derision,
when there is no hiding place.

The absence of light.
The absence of a future,
when it is most needed.

The presence of nails.
The presence of pain,
when there is no escape.

The absence of hope.
The absence of ‘Abba’ Father,
when he is needed most.

The presence of sin.
The presence of despair,
when the wrong is not your own.

The absence of love.
The absence of God,
when he is needed most.

in the darkness,
is the cross,
and Christ;




  1. Rachel, these are beautiful and profound. I’m thinking about using them for the ‘last hour of the cross’ service I’m leading on Good Friday (I’m in Boughton/Hernhill in Canterbury Diocese), if that would be ok with you?


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