Keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (Jude 1:21 NRSV)

Kathy was a delightfully happy woman who had worked in a hospital kitchen. But her work came to an end when she developed cancer. During one visit to her hospital room her pastor found her in great pain. She was propped on her side, facing a big window that looked out into the broad expanse of a South Dakota sky. As her pastor prayed with her, a thought came to his mind. He asked, "Kathy, would you like to have a cross in the room?" With most of her strength gone all Kathy could do was nod.

The pastor went to the church sanctuary and took the large, silver cross off of the altar and carried it in his arms to the hospital. As he walked through the halls of the hospital carrying this large cross people looked at him strangely. When he entered Kathy's room, he held up the cross and said, "See what I have?" She looked up, tears filling her eyes, and said, "For me?"

He placed the cross on the sill in the center of the big window, where Kathy could see it silhouetted against the sky. It remained there for the last two days of her life giving her strength and indescribable comfort.

Our faith and our strength come from the cross of Jesus Christ, for through the cross we see the love of God. Through the cross we receive the gift of eternal life.


Dear Jesus, help me to share a touch of the eternal today. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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