I Gave My Cross Away

IMG_1633When we were commissioned for our trip to Honduras we received a cross to remember the work of grace that God has wrought and is working in each of our lives.  We were told there would come a time on our trip when we would feel led to share our cross with someone.  You can read about this and more at http://www.fobf.org where our own Phil Dean is keeping you informed through a daily journal of our trip.

Yesterday, I gave my cross away.  A thirteen year old boy came into our part of the clinic, his body’s posture already marked by the work and responsibility of his life.  One friend from my childhood, then others came to mind as I saw this boy stoically sit  and prepare to take his medicine.

Though his English and my Spanish was a match, (We both knew almost none.) I asked the translator to ask his grandmother was he a good worker and helper at home.  She confirmed my first impression and I shared my cross and the words “let this cross remind you that Jesus is with you and Jesus will keep you strong”.

His hands and particularly his trying-to-heal finger showed the frequent use of the machette – their primary pruning tool.  I pray for him, today – Jordin.  I pray for him to know the strength of God’s Holy Spirit and the joy of the Lord that dwells within our heart as we love God and are loved by God.

I also got to hold and play with Naomi, a nine month old cutie that was just learning to walk.  I’ll admit, she liked my name tag more than me but she reminded me of a certain someone whose initials are A.G. and I had to enjoy being granddaddy again.  In other words, I was blessed beyond the blessing we hoped to share through our mission.


About laurelhillumc

Laurel Hill United Methodist Church is rich in history as a church family committed to a life in Christ. We began in the heart of Varina almost 150 years ago; the church has grown through its existence as a church-hospital in the Civil War, as a circuit church, and survived a disastrous fire which destroyed the sanctuary about 50 years ago. Then, dedicated, Spirit-filled Christians worked hard together to build a new sanctuary. That hard work has continued with many new improvements including a new addition connecting the sanctuary and educational building, the installation of an elevator providing total accessibility throughout both buildings, remodeling the education building and the installation of 18 stained glass windows. Faithful clergy and laity ministering together have established a legacy of dedication and service which enables Laurel Hill to be a beacon of light in our community, in our world and to all who follow for generations to come. In response to the needs of the Varina community, Laurel Hill United Methodist Church also operates the Laurel Hill Weekday School. These programs are an active part of the life and ministry of Laurel Hill UMC. We accept the opportunity through our morning Preschool and After School child care to share our values of love, caring, cooperation and forgiveness. The Church and child care programs work together to enhance the spiritual, mental and physical growth of children in our community. Our worship services are held each Sunday with a contemporary service at 8:45am and a traditional service at 11:00am. Sunday School begins at 9:45am. Call our office (804) 795-2772 for Bible Study times and other ministry opportunities.
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