The Cross Was Bent - But Not Broken
I share this message with all my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. I dedicate this letter to the lady who wore this cross and to the God she loves. I called her the lady after Gods heart.
Here is her story.
Her name is Linda. I was married to her for 26 years. One day we got divorced. That was a very sad and painful day for me. And still is to this day. We remained friends the rest of her life on this earth. And we are still friends to this day. We have 3 beautiful sons. They are grown men now. And we are very proud of them.
Linda loved to help and support the "Feed The Children Ministry." She was so honored and happy, that God would use her to help to feed the hungry people all over the world. She received many rewards for her faithful support and commitment to help stop world hunger.
Back in the year of 1984. Linda and I went on a beautiful 375 mile journey for God. God called me to build a 12 foot by 6 foot cross and carry it from Guthrie, Oklahoma to Okla.City, Oklahoma. A 32 mile walk with the cross. Wow, Linda and I was so excited. It was Dec.22, 1984, three days before Christmas that we began this journey.
We began walking with the cross just as God ask us too. Our message was to share with everyone we met along the way that "Jesus Loves You." You can read about the walk with the cross by clicking here
The Diary Of The Cross
After a few years walking with the cross. God told us that our walk with the cross is now completed. So all the miles we had walked with the cross came to a total of 375 miles. This was the most peaceful time of our life. We got to share it together and with our two sons. Our youngest son was not born yet, but she was pregnant with him as we walked with the cross. We always talked about the walk with the cross.
Linda always wore a cross necklace.
On Aug.23, 2012 at 9 Am Thursday. I got a phone call from the Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. The lady on the phone said. Are you John? I said yes, Why? She said, I need you to contact Linda's family as soon as possible. I ask why? She said, that Linda has been in a server car crash. She is in critical condition and most likely will not survive. Oh God I cried out, no, no, no. Not Linda... She died of Bunt Force Torso Trauma. How sad. She was a great lady.
At 11 Am two hours later I received a phone call from my youngest son in Phoenix that Mom has past away. I was devastated. It was as if I was spiritual wounded. A wounded spirit. I Was shaken to the core of my being.
My 2 oldest sons and I drove all night. A 1000 mile one way trip to go and get their youngest brother and bring him home with us. So we all could grieve together, over their Moms sudden death. She was 53 years old, born on 8-15-1958 and passed away at 8:15 Am Phoenix time.
Some time later my youngest son was showing me the things that the nurse gave him, at the hospital that she had with her the morning of the crash.
As he was showing me her belongings. He handed the cross necklace that she was waring that morning. And all of a sudden my eyes filled with tears. Because of what I saw.
What I was holding was a bent cross and the necklace was not broken. Amazing.... That the necklace was not broken.
It shows the violence that was taking place in her pick up, as she struggled for her life.
My oldest son seen the cross necklace and ask me. What does that say about the cross? All I could say was. It shows us all the pain at the cross.
People, please listen closely.
There is a real battle taking place every minute of everyday for your soul. And the way of the cross is the only way to get to Heaven. There is no other way or any religions to be saved and go to Heaven but through Jesus Christ John 14:6. This is the message that Linda shared with everyone she met in her life on this earth. And now she is in the safe arms of Jesus Christ. Her struggles are over and ours continues.
Don't let any one deceive you into believing that there are many roads to Heaven. We don't know when we will pass away. So, don't put it off any longer. Receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord before it is to late.
Jesus Loves You