When we lived in Lac du Bonnet, I volunteered in our school’s special education classroom. Their teacher, Miss Sandy, asked me to take the older boys and teach them crafts “that would appeal to them.” So, I found some 6″ x 6″ logs, and I showed my students how to use saws, chisels, hammer and nails to make a large cross for my Lenten services.
After a lot of sawdust, everyone was proud of our carpentry masterpiece. The boys helped lift and tie down our huge cross onto the roof rack of my car. I had a lot of chores to do that day, and frankly, I forgot about my cross, until I pulled into a gas station for fuel. “That’s quite a cross you got there,” the owner said. I later found that lifting it down by myself wasn’t nearly as easy as having a team lift it up.
I learned two things that day. One, carrying a cross does make you stand out, whether you want to or not, and two, big crosses are better carried by a community. Think about this and draw your own conclusions.
Lord Jesus, make us cross-bearers, not just cross-wearers. Amen. — BB