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William Faulkner once wrote, “The salvation of the world is in man’s suffering.” Well, he was almost right. It’s in one man’s suffering.

The cross of Jesus is the pivot point of salvation. And as it comes into view, he does not shrink back or change his course. He sets his face toward the cross and walks with resolve to his death and your life.

This is Lent. It is an invitation to embrace the suffering of Jesus and walk the long road with him to the cross. It is a reminder of our frailty and lack of power to save ourselves. We are dust and ash without him. And Lent challenges us to reflect on the reality of our sin and the cost of our salvation.

Over the next 40 days, let’s walk that journey together. Our friend Sarah Paxson has created a 40-day devotional written by members of the Love Chapel Hill church family. Each day we will read Scripture and hear our friends speak into our lives through honest and personal reflections.

Lent is a journey toward the cross. Let’s make that journey together.

Matt LeRoy serves as teaching pastor at Love Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C.