Lyle’s cross

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Lyle’s cross

In a couple previous posts (shortly before Christmas) I wrote about a parishioner named Lyle; a saint of this congregation that went to meet Jesus.  I won’t talk about him here but I do want to show you something; Lyle’s cross.  I talked about these crosses before; that he made dozens of them (They are 5 inches by 3 1/2 inches).  He made a number for the nursing home and the hospital.  He made a bunch for the people at Salem and Belmont.  And of course he made them for his family.  The one pictured above is one of three that I have.  This one serves as a pectoral cross that I wear in worship from time to time.

I have other pectoral crosses that I wear as well:  I have a pectoral cross that my parents gave me for my ordination that is silver.  I like that one because is very beautiful and reminds me of the faith my parents passed down to me and the support they gave me as I went through seminary.  I have a old wooden cross necklace that I got from my grandma (who died last Feb.) that wear I from time to time.  That one, of course, reminds me of grandma and the faith that she passed down to me.   I have two cross necklaces made of olive wood that were made in Jerusalem.  These remind me of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world; that the church is not just located  in Jackson, MN.  And then I have Lyle’s cross.  This one, of course, reminds me of Lyle and the faith that he passed down to me.

All of the crosses I wear are special to me and remind me of various people in my life that have paved the way for me.  But one thing that I did not say (but I hope was understood) is that the cross, of course, reminds me of what Jesus did FOR YOU and FOR ME.  Formerly a symbol of death; it is now a symbol of hope.  I wear these crosses as a reminder to me and others who see them of why we truly gather together on Sunday morning to worship.  I wear my other (smaller) cross necklaces to proclaim that same message out in the world from Monday to Saturday.  Some people wear cross necklaces because they are a fashion statement.  But whatever the motivation for a particular person, when I see that cross, I am reminded of the life we have in Christ.

So I thank those who have paved the way for me and most of all, I give thanks and praise to God our Father through Jesus Christ, for paving the way to eternal life; carrying us across the Great Divide.

-edh-

7 thoughts on “Lyle’s cross

  1. I have a cross made of square nails given to me (and to church members) by a former pastor. I cherish that cross. I collected crosses for two years, made and bought the chain or thong for hanging the crosses, painted a nice box to house them, lined it with velvet and gave it to my daughter for Christmas. She will be ordained in a month.

  2. Eric,

    At its core any cross is always a symbol (for me) of that moment in history when God’s love was revealed in Jesus’ death and rising. Its a symbol that I’ve been taught to revere and that others don’t know at all.

    One of the great lessons for me is that symbols always can always carry more than one meaning for me and for others. Sometimes the cross reminds us of a witness that spoke to us just as the cross speaks to us of Christ’s love.

    thanks for sharing about Lyle’s witness

    unlikely

  3. One of my pet peeves is when people where cross necklaces but have not respect or regard for what the cross means. I don’t know their heart but when you see their actions one begins to wonder. The one example I can thing of is one day when I was flipping through the channels on the TV when I came across a news program. The person being interviewed was a porn start and I noticed she was wearing a shiny, gold cross around her neck. Of course I began to wonder.

    Thanks for the comments.

  4. I am not sure what to make of that blog entry. People are going to believe what they want to believe and preach what they want to preach. The only thing I can control is what I preach and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  5. And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

    And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.

    3 If any man gives different teaching, not in agreement with the true words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the teaching which is in agreement with true religion, 4 He has an over-high opinion of himself; being without knowledge, having only an unhealthy love of questionings and wars of words, from which come envy, fighting, cruel words, evil thoughts, 5 Bitter talk of men who, being evil in mind and dead to what is true, take the faith to be a way of making profit

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