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Chosen

A dear friend recently suggested that I was chosen, in a special way, and out of a large crowd, to help Jesus carry His cross. That idea was so palpable that it continues to resonate within me. How awesome, to think that I might, like Simeone, and through my suffering, help lighten the load upon Jesus.


Perhaps that is why I was also chosen, on two occasions within the past four years, to help direct pilgrimages in the Holy Land. These experiences prepared me for what is likely my last and certainly my most significant pilgrimage. Having walked in the very footsteps of Jesus helps me better understand my sufferings and my moments of joy.


On June 6, 2019, with odds comparable to winning the Lottery, the Holy Spirit chose me once again. I was selected as one of only 14 people to remain inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher; an enormous basilica reconstructed multiple times over the remains of Calvary and Christ’s tomb. Through its massive doors you enter the most holy and historic sites on our planet. This is where Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead. Yes, I was chosen to remain inside when those doors were closed and locked for the night.


With my heart on fire and in a state of awe, I first walked the empty halls directly to the tomb. There, I stayed and knelt inside the inner chamber. With hands and face on the stone, I prayed like never before. It was difficult to understand what was happening. I was praying to Jesus in the very room in which His body laid for 3 days and then brilliantly arose from the dead. Words will never suffice to explain this feeling. Nor would they be enough to explain the experience of kneeling on Calvary in the area where His mother Mary and His disciple John knelt, watching Him die for us. No. There are no words. And although I did this for 8 hours, I still find it hard to grasp. Suffice it to say, I will never forget this most holy night in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.


Now it is my turn to choose. And so, I will purposefully choose to pray for you and for your intentions while I so easily reimagine being there…in the holiest place on earth. You can share your intentions either at the bottom of this blog post or email it to me at hankevers@gmail.com


My original article, O Holy Night! was published by the Orange County Catholic and is available on line at https://occatholic.com/o-holy-night/

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ted.kofcc
Dec 23, 2020

Please pray for my faith in my battle with paralysis & suffering. I shall do the same for you as well. ❤️ Merry Christmas Hank! And God bless you!

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jrlongdon
jrlongdon
Dec 23, 2020

I cannot explain the concerns I have for your plight. God has a plan for each of us and I am sure Jesus is your buddy. Prayers and love for you to find strength and Lori and the kids to be able to support you while you slog through the morass of change. Thinking of each of you! ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️

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ronsrajer
Dec 23, 2020

Hank, I am blessed to know you and share in this most difficult journey. Please include the conversion of my children and grandchildren in your prayers. As well the sanctity of life from moment of conception to natural death. May God's will be done and may His blessings be upon you. Ron

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eversjeanne
Dec 22, 2020

Just....loving your heart, Hank! 💕🎄💚

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Tony Pat
Tony Pat
Dec 22, 2020

Hank,

🙏 Please pray for Andrea Maciel (21yr old) in hospice

and Anthony Todaro (26 yr old)

with 4th stage lung cancer.

Tony Patronite

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