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Stories of the Cross - July 2019

A source of healing We often pray for the obvious: people who are in pain, sadness, need, yearning, and strife. We use our faith in prayer to give strength, comfort, and support to all of those in our lives. However, we sometimes forget to pray for the caregivers.

Not these church members. A couple were in a doctor’s office recently, discussing and scheduling a very scary medical procedure. They were looking at months of recovery, with only the mere promise of a full recovery. Mixed into the impersonal clinical terminology were a lot of emotions that cannot be described but can only be felt. One of the couple was holding a small comfort cross during the discussion, praying for their spouse. Afterwards, after all questions were asked & answered, they gave the doctor the cross. “This is for you,” they said. “We all pray that you’ll do your best.”

The day of the surgery came. The church member was in the gurney, fully prepped for what may come. The doctor came in, greeted both of them, and was ready to transport them into the operating room. “Oh… by the way…” the doctor said, reaching into his pocket. He pulled out the same cross given to him at the office. “We’re all in good hands!”

…and the patient is well on their way to a complete recovery.

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.

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