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.


Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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