A SYMBOL

Early in our move to Sun City Patsy said: “Honey!  Would you consider putting a bay window in the Living Room?”  Naturally, I consented!  She seldom asked for anything, so I usually made a special effort to accommodate. 

That window has been decorated with all types of things over the years. Since our daughter is an interior decorator, it gets changed a lot more often these days.  I know her mother would be thrilled to know how it is being utilized.

As I drove into the driveway recently I had to stop and admire the most recent display that had arrived.  Cathy had taken a back lighted cross that I had made, and next to it put a mahogany plate with the word JESUS in the middle.  A few colored silks and soft colored lighting effectively amplified the memory of CALVARY!

You and I see the cross displayed so frequently these days that we can pass it by with little or no reflection of what it represents.  It has taken on the appearance of a “good luck charm”!  One has to wonder about some of the answers I have received on occasion when I asked people why they use it as a necklace or broach, or even a tattoo.  Someone gave me one made by a young man in the jungles of Peru—a multiplicity of different woods from that area.  I have appreciated it!

While reading from Galatians 6:14 I noticed  “But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”  No one ever gave me an answer like that verse.  It could be described as a “Brand” mark if I follow the line of thought found in that verse.  The cross represents my identification with Jesus Christ in His death on Calvary, but it should represent my identification also as a life separated from the world and unto HIM.  People should see my “Brand” mark, I am no longer engaged in a life dictated by worldliness, but my sole desire is to be living with and thru Jesus Christ. 

“Jesus paid it all … all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow!”

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