Growing up in West Virginia, I never thought much about them, but my recent Memorial Day tour de West Virginia, with my children, I was reminded again about this roadside attraction that is very common to West Virginia, although not exclusively there. All over the state on the side of the road you can find two things – barns painted with Chew Mail Pouch and a blue cross flanked by two yellow ones. No, the barn and the crosses are usually not found together, and yes it’s the crosses that I am talking about. I had seen them all my life essentially, and although I regconized the event they are meant to acknowledge, they really had become so common place, that I drove by these for years and really just ignored them.
But on my recent trip I told the story of why they are there to my boys. The fascination with the crosses was new again and for the entire weekend, they pointed out every time they saw one the side of the road. Our favorite being out on a small island at the very end of the New River where it meets the Gauley and becomes the Kanawha.
So, two things. First, its pretty amazing someone will stand up and get the message of the Christ out with there in some a bold way like this. Its interesting to Google about these crosses and see how many people have heard about Christ because of these crosses. (try it Google “three crosses West Virginia”)
Secondly, sometimes, we need reminders to keep us focused. We need a guide to keep us going, and to keep the promise fresh and new. Isn’t it great when with youthful exuberance you can yell “there’s a cross”, or “there’s the Lord” in your own life!
Recently I have been listening to this song by Everyday Sunday
I will stand up now
I will not step down
I will do my best to wear this crown
But I need You as You guide me through today – Stand Up Now – Everyday Sunday
Get out there today and stand up, wear your crown, and maybe the thought of these crosses on a moutain in West Virginia will help guide you today. What crown you ask.. Check it here:
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Ps 103:1-6
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,