My aunt, Sister Anne Marie, often talked about the biblical “hundredfold.” She believed deeply in the truth of Matthew 19: that being a disciple of Jesus brings many challenges and crosses to bear, but the rewards are far greater--“a hundred times more.”
You know how it goes -- you get a new piece of furniture, a new plant or painting and then EVERYTHING in the room has to be rearranged. No matter how seemingly unobtrusive the item may be, it may feel like things just have to shift around and re-balance.
I have been thinking a lot about what it means to express our beliefs publicly after Sister Maxine’s post yesterday about billboard morality. Though a billboard is truly an awesome way to declare one’s faith and values, the cross is the “typical” visual way we do this on a day to day basis.