A Shadowy Cross

The doors to the sanctuary at my church have windows cut into crosses.  When the sun is shining across the lobby, through those cross windows, there is a reflection of light in the shape of the cross that hits the sanctuary wall right next to the projector screen.  I can only see it when the lights are out during the worship singing or after the sermon when there is an alter call.  

If people are walking in the lobby, their shadows will often darken that lit reflection of that cross in the sanctuary.  Most of the time it’s just a small portion of the cross blackened out, but often the whole cross disappears into the darkness of a shadow.  Only to reappear as soon as the person walks through the light.

When I first noticed the shadowy cross, it made me hold my breath when it darkened. I worried that its disappearance was permanent.  I was unaccountably pleased when it brightened.  The outline of the cross in the church doors is always there.  Always. 

God’s love is like that.  Always there. 

There are times when there are valleys in our lives and it seems the shadows overtake us.  Shadows are caused by a variety of things. Perhaps, the shadows are other’s eclipsing the light of God’s love in our life.  Maybe, we’ve looked away from the light and it just seems dark.  Occasionally, we don’t want to see the light return in the scenario. 

Yet, if we wait for just a moment, we are reminded that the light is there.  Just as God’s love is still there.  Always there.  Just like the cross in the doors of my church.  

I’m praying that you see past the shadows this week, so that you can see the light of God’s love in your life.


Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.” Micah 7:8

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