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Stories of the Cross - January 2020

A friend of the church came for the funeral service of a dear friend. It was a major loss for her as well as her children. They were such good friends with the deceased, and the kids were really close. How do you explain this to youth? How would her young children take it in? It was something she hadn’t prepared for and didn’t quite know what to do.


After the service, she saw a stack of prayer cards for their friend who had passed. Next to the cards she noticed the small box with the comfort crosses inside. She picked one out and invited her kids to do the same. Not thinking much about it, they continued to talk with friends, laughing about fond memories, and shedding tears for how much they will be missed.


The next day she was cleaning her kid’s room as usual. While she was picking up dirty laundry she was hit by a surprise – propped up on some Legos was the picture of her friend on the prayer card and the wooden cross. Set up as a small memorial, she was floored by the act. It was a reminder of youthful innocence, and how we all deal with life differently. With a smile on her face and hope in her heart, she continued her day knowing that things would be alright.


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.