He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24 NRSV)
For years Harry Teuchert had been a successful publisher of anniversary books. He also sold specialized advertising and promotional materials to churches. Everything in his life seemed to be perfect, but all this suddenly his wife informed him she was leaving him.

Devastated, he tried to cope, work, continue with his life, but this tragedy was too overwhelming. He was on the road traveling to a church for a meeting with an anniversary committee to explain the layout for their publication. Arriving early on a hot summer day, he went into the church and sat down in the fellowship hall.

Suddenly, he began to contemplate suicide. He began to cry intensely, holding his head in his hands. As he looked up, he noticed a faded poster on the far wall. Depicted was the image of a man, in that same total despair he was experiencing, head in hands and in complete anguish. As he studied the poster further, he noticed a smaller image in the lower right corner of the poster. Portrayed were three small crosses. Beneath the center cross these simple words were inscribed, "I know how you feel, I've been there myself."

Dear God, thank you for loving me through my despair. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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