In our travels, we enjoy visiting older churches in the Midwest.  Most of them were built around the turn of the century, and contain many works of art- statues, paintings, and wall decorations. It’s not uncommon to see a statue depicting Jesus, just taken down from the cross.

I find myself gazing at these statues with mixed emotions.

Yesterday(Good Friday), and today, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the sacrifice, self-denial, pain, and humiliation suffered by One for all.

More than 100 years ago, these statues were placed in churches to help the faithful keep focused on what is most important – the One who died that we might live.  

Today, they remind me to keep focused on what the Easter season is all about.