Letter: The meaning of the cross
I finally finished the columbarium brick wall on the courthouse circle. When I talked with Charlie Kerns about the project a year ago, I mentioned that I would love to put a cross on the wall similar to the one I did a few years earlier at Saint Therese. I told Charlie I would do that part free, because in the past few years the cross has come to mean a great deal to me.
There is no magic in this geometric shape that scares off vampires or exorcises demons. It is simply a representation of the sublime Love of God. Something so great our minds cannot fathom it, but our hearts may be filled with it. There is nothing God could do any more extreme to demonstrate His great, great Love for us.
After 30 years of ignoring God, my sins had piled up to the sky. The forgiveness, mercy, grace and Love that this cross represents has removed the stain and guilt in my life, not to mention the peace, joy, hope, grateful attitude and love that I now possess. I am not a preacher, but while working on this project I thought this wall could become my sermon. I decided not to accept any payment so as not to dilute my message. Some people would think me foolish to do this, but I would tell them to read I Corinthians 1:18. Others may think me foolish for telling that I have done this work for free, because Jesus said, "Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them. If you do you will have no reward from your Father in heaven." Matthew 6:1. I consider myself way over-blessed right now, and am certainly not worried about any reward. I want people to know this same power (that this cross represents) that has changed my life from certain death (being the self-abusive habits of my past) to life (even life eternal) and is available to anyone and everyone.
So when you drive by and see the cross that completed my part of this project, do not look at it as a decorative item adorning a church wall, but try to understand what it truly represents, God’s infinite, matchless Love, which is mankind’s life ring in a world of woe. And, like a life ring on a boat, it only works for those who reach for it. Actually you don’t have to reach, because the cross represents God reaching for us, all you have to do is take His hand in faith. There’s nothing easier, nothing sweeter!
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14. Thanks be to Jesus and the First Presbyterian Church for giving me the honor and privilege to serve my Savior and have fun too! Thanks to Hogg Funeral Home for their help also. God is good! What an understatement!