A Glowing Cross

Only God can turn darkness to light. Only God can take a cross meant for death and turn it into a symbol of hope.

I have never seen the Cathedral of Notre Dame. I probably never will. My travels have never taken me to Europe. The cost of raising four children restricts placing money into my travel fund. But I am a lover of history. I am a lover of symbols. I am a lover of beauty. I am a lover of majestic structures that withstand war and revolution in the midst of a broken city in a broken world.

I don’t believe in coincidences. For whatever reason this fire was ignited, God will use it. It’s the reason he gave us the Holy Spirit when he took his Son back to heaven. He started a Holy fire in Jesus followers and believers for generations to come. In some, that fire has been extinguished. Life does that sometimes, dampens out what we once held close to our hearts.

There is always a glimmer, a dim spark within each of us that can be re-ignited into something greater. In my own life, I have felt like the remains of an ancient structure engulfed by flames. I have also seen the glowing cross of God before me, lighting my way. If the fire at Notre Dame had occurred in daylight, the cross would not have stood out, not worthy of a photograph. In darkness the cross glows brighter.

This Easter week, our Holy of Holy weeks, we reflect on a time where darkness overtook the land in the middle of the day, yet the cross glowed for all to see. A cross, not of destruction, but of hope. In the midst of pain and brokenness, we have a cross of hope. Just as the people of France promise to rebuild their sacred church, I pray we can all reflect on the hope of the cross and rebuild our lives within its glow.

Published by Leah Lively

Born and raised in Virginia, Leah’s faith journey began in a loving family and a small church in a small town. As writer, blogger, and an aspiring speaker, Leah also enjoys reading, watching movies, and creating memories with her family. Leah is motivated by 2 Corinthians 13:11 where Paul encourages the church in Corinth to “become mature and be encouraged, be of the same mind, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” She wants believers to grow in their faith and discover a hunger for God’s word. Leah’s genuine and authentic style of presenting the gospel lays a foundation for readers to learn more of God’s Truths. Through the challenges of life, Leah's greatest desire is to let you know you are not alone and there is a God who walks with you through the wilderness.

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