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Stories of the Cross - November 2019

A source of security

               

We all have that small thing in life that makes us just a bit more comfortable; that little item that gives us a sense of ease.  For a small child, it could be a security blanket.  For kids, it’s often a favorite stuffed animal they simply “can’t live without”.  For many adults, just having a cup of coffee in their favorite mug makes the world better.

               

For one member, it was a simple wooden cross.  It was in her hand when she went to sleep and next to her when she woke.  It was within reach no matter what.  That familiar feeling in her hands, her fingers finding every known imperfection in the grain, and that one smooth spot she always knew was there gave her a sense of security no matter what.

               

Until it was gone.  On a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it was lost.  Due to the travel plans, it wasn’t known where the small wooden cross was lost.  Did it fall out of her bag?  Left by the bedside?  That small token of security was never to be seen again. 

               

Fortunately, her faith in God was not lost.  Christ is always with us no matter what.  That is the real security blanket in our lives.  In prayer, she knew everything was going to be alright through her belief in the Holy Spirit.  That’s what the Christian symbol should be for all of us, whether it’s in our hearts, around our necks, or in our hands.

               

Just to be safe, she now has two of them.


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.