Galatians 6:14 – But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (KJV)
Among my possessions is a picture that I took years ago while hiking on the southern side of the island where I was born, Grand Manan. It isn't a spectacular picture. To another onlooker it is just a pile of rocks rising up out of the blue-green sea, but to me, it's special. Why? Because for years my mother and grandfather told me stories about how this craggy pile of rocks rising above the often fog-wrapped shoreline marked the way home for the fishermen in my family. It was a symbol of a safe haven.
In my picture, the sun is sparkling on the water and kissing the top of the sixty-metre natural rock formation in the shape of a cross. Recently I found a poem by the late Annie Flint written about this cross, and it ends with the words, "Through all the ages unchanging, the cross and its glory endure."
Her words and the picture made me think of our churches. In years gone by, their steeples, rising high above the murky streets, marked the way for sinners to find their way home, back to God. And the cross at the top bore witness that God, through all the ages, hadn't changed. The message of salvation provided on cross of Calvary points the way to safety. Its message and its glory endures!
Prayer: God, thank You for the symbol of the cross and how, because of the death of Your Son, Jesus Christ, this symbol points the way to safety and heaven. Amen.