Meditation under the Heaven’s Cross

At the sculpture “Heaven’s Cross” you are in the heart of the Luthergarten. Take a look around: Do you see the petals of the “Luther Rose,” Luther’s coat of arms, set into the pavement?

Five linden trees are planted between each of the flower’s petals. Inside is a heart with a cross that looks rusty. But when you look up, the shining layers of the Heaven’s Cross, each larger than the next, expand the view toward heaven.

Take a moment to come to stillness under the Heaven’s Cross.

  • Look at the rust-colored cross in the ground. What is weighing on you right now?
  • Look at the silver crosses: What gives you hope?

Jesus says:
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
(Matthew 11:28-29)

Look up and let your gaze expand with the crosses. Be still and let these words speak to you.

Suggestions for prayer:

  • Follow slowly, step by step, the shape of the rose’s petals laid in stones into the ground. Pay attention to the change of light during your way around the cross.
  • Silently repeat the prayer of Saint Augustine: “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you, o Lord.”
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