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Stories of the Cross - December 2019

Updated: Jan 15

Being a parent is a hard job. This statement is as undeniable as saying “water is wet.” With the constant squabbling, chores, errands, and demands, it is no wonder why today’s moms and dads are so stressed. However, most of us don’t realize where this stress can culminate – the family car.


Often times, this is when family members are actually together most. At home, kids scatter to their bedrooms, family rooms, or backyard to do their homework or play. Parents also retreat to the kitchen to make dinner or the desk to pay bills. It is in the car that we get the most “face time” with our children. For one mom, that can also be where the most stress can occur.


Dropping the kids off at various schools… Running to the grocery to get tonight’s dinner… Back and forth to the doctors and then to the pharmacy to get someone’s prescription… Fighting traffic to get the dog to the groomers in time… Transporting the team to practice… Breaking up arguments between kids… For this mom, these are daily occurrences. The one thing that helps her sanity, besides the cup of coffee, is her cross. She keeps it right on the dash to reassure her that God is looking out for her whole family. In a traffic jam, she holds it for peace. When the to-do list feels insurmountable, she can see the cross and know it will all work out. The feel of the warm wood reminds her that her faith is as strong as the bond she has with her kids, and her effort will be rewarded. One day at a time and one prayer at a time will get her through.


…and maybe another cup of coffee!


These stories of the cross are documented from true experiences related to a mission of First Church Congregational. We invite you to make your own experience through the simple act of sharing part of our faith through the cross. If you find a moment where they have made an impact on yourself or others, we invite you to share it with us anonymously. Please contact Josh Ferry for more information.