Unintended crosses

One of the marks of a Christian in the world is to always be in a state of readiness to be surprised by God. Why not, since He is everywhere, and our inability to see Him is more a factor of our not seeking Him than anything? It can happen anywhere, anytime you put your mind to it. Put yourself in a place of expectation and get ready for a surprise.

Why just a couple days ago, I stepped off a curb in between two cars, looked down, and saw a 3-foot long white cross painted on the pavement with oil stains on it. Now some people probably might think this is a divider marking the space between two parked cars, but that’s just its excuse to get painted on the street. It’s really a cross. Ask anyone to take a good look at it and they will all agree: it’s a cross. A perfectly proportioned cross. Hundreds of them line the street on both sides for blocks like freshly painted Stations of the Cross, downtown.

It’s certainly a poignant image for today, especially – the day we remember, of all Friday’s, the one that forever made the difference in the way God looks at us. For now, when God looks at you and me, instead of our sin, He sees Jesus.

So here is a cross in the street, stained with the dirt of our lives that has been forever removed from us. You probably have one of these crosses near you.

Something tells me the women of Isaiah House would especially like these crosses in that they are on the street, they’re a little dirty, and they are unintended. I’m sure none of them ever intended to be where they are, but here they are nonetheless, and like these crosses in the street, it’s good to know that God got there first.

Crosses do this for us. They help us remember. Such a strange symbol to be chosen as a Christian’s most recognizable – a symbol of torture turned into a symbol of hope. Try it today, and you’ll find crosses everywhere – in the sky, on the ground, in the hands of a clock, in the profile of a dancer… I’m looking at four right now in the panes of my window. Mercy, love, forgiving and forgetting, coming soon to a cross near you!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank those readers of the Catch who participated in this last Isaiah House event by sending beautiful cups and saucers for us to share with the women. They loved these gifts. Our list my not be complete so our apologies if we missed your name. Thanks to: Shari Yamamoto , Elling Morton, Connie Hernandez, Peter Hollingsworth, Diane Sailor, Weatherly, Paulette Bouchard, Peggy and Kent Savage, Laquita Showen, Lynette Schoefer, Julie Wilson Hamington, Frank and Louana Lopez, Joyce Elling, Beverly Peters, Donna Phebus, Betty Middleton, Jan Day, Dana Stenholtz, Sracia Stenholtz, and Harriet Hughes.

Happy Easter to you and to all within reach of the Catch of the Day!

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2 Responses to Unintended crosses

  1. Thank you for the reminder of the unintended crosses on the street.
    Thank you for your ministry with the women who are homeless at Isaiah House.
    Would it be possible to have another ministry for The Catch at:
    L’Arche Wavecrest
    P.O. Box 4789
    Orange, CA 92863-4789
    Phone: (714) 923-1221
    Fax: (714) 923-1221
    Email: info@larchewavecrest.org
    Website: http://www.larchewavecrest.org

    L’Arche Wavecrest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1999. The organization formed when Karen Carr (the organization’s founding executive director) came back to Orange County, California, after living for five years in a L’Arche community in France.

    L’Arche Wavecrest founded Abraham House, the first L’Arche home in California. Abraham House is a home where core members (persons with developmental disabilities) and assistants (persons without disabilities) live in community. The structure of the community is unique because there are no roles of patient or client; the core members and assistants live in the household as a family and share all aspects of daily life.

    In addition, Abraham House also serves as a focal point for local community-based organizations, churches, public agencies, and individuals to work together to create a healthy community for all persons with developmental disabilities.

    The L’Arche Wavecrest community is characterized by a spirit of welcome and the valuing of relationships where each person, with or without a developmental disability, is enriched. Besides those who share life in our home, our community has a circle of friends who participate in its life in various ways.

    As well as Isaiah House, why not Abraham House?

    Happy Easter and thank you for living the resurrected life in all you do and are.

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