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Stories of the Cross - May 2019



Comfort Crosses created by Josh Ferry

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.




A source of comfort


It was something that no mother wants to hear. Her daughter needed medical help.


After receiving the call, she picked her and her boyfriend up and brought her to the ER. They took her in but would not allow them to be in with her. She had grabbed the cross before running out the door to get her daughter. While waiting, she held the cross, to give her courage to face whatever was coming. To pray for her daughter with, to help her to breathe, to help her get through.


They allowed her and her boyfriend to be with her daughter about 2 hours after she was admitted. They took away all personal belongings and locked them in a locker for safekeeping. There were no available rooms, so she was on a gurney in the hallway in front of the nurse’s station where she was watched. Her daughter seemed drained and they were all talking. She felt the cross in her pocket, wrapped her fingers around it, said a silent prayer, and realized that her daughter needed the cross more than she did.


So, she placed it in her hand and told her the story of who made it and why, what it is for and that she was giving it to her. Her daughter seemed to lighten up. She took it and looked it over and held it for a while. She then placed it on the tray-table where she could see it.


They were there overnight, in that ER hallway where the lights were on all night. She slept like she hadn’t slept in weeks. Her boyfriend stayed with her the whole time. She was evaluated around noon the next day and released. To say the least, they were all emotionally exhausted, scared and sad for her daughter. Having the cross with them that night helped her through, and she thinks it had a huge impact on her daughter. Little things, like the cross, can make all the difference in the world, knowing God is with us. Today, her daughter is back at work and on her road to recovery. The cross is waiting to be given to someone else in need.