All of us in our heart of hearts sometimes say, "What the hell?" Unraveling current events, unyielding anxieties and personal brokenness often drive us to despair. Long ago, the harshness of the world compelled Jesus to endure torture and execution as the pathway to wholeness. His cross is the disarming image of staggering beauty amidst savage brutality. We lean into the profanity of the cross, that we in turn might learn its sacred blessedness. Jesus' sacrifice reminds us of the power of a crucified life, leading to hope that changes everything.