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Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)
TITLE: Crossing Over
By Michelle Boggs
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We all start with the crossover from womb to the world. Leaving the snug, cozy environment of our mother's womb to the cold craziness of the outside world.
Then there is the crossing from babyhood to childhood. We go from no responsibility to having to clean our rooms and do chores and homework. We even lose the baby "look".
The crossing from childhood to being a teenager is even more significant. We not only lose the child look, we also lose the childlike innocence. We cross into a world that is not as protected, not as nice as before, where we are stretching our wings, our boundaries, our parents' patience, and growing up. Where everyone around us is trying to be independent and at the same time trying to please those around them.
As we crossover into adulthood we realize the truth of what the teen years were all about; finding ourselves and our place in the world; trying to get through in one piece. We also realize the responsibilities we have to ourselves and others. Entering into the sometimes harsh reality of work and family, we long for the teen years.
We then crossover to retirement, old age, and bodies that just don't work like they used to. We watch our friends leave and we reflect on the things of the past.
Eventually we crossover to the final crossing, which if it doesn't involve another cross...all of the other crossings are for nothing.
The cross of Christ overshadows all of the other crosses. He came into the world with the cross in mind. He grew as a child and became a teenager with wisdom that astounded those in the temple when He was only 12 years old,the cross always before Him. As an adult, He taught and healed and prayed; knowing that the cross was looming up ahead. That cross finally called Him so that He could call us to it as well.
"I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (NIV)"
His cross, His life, His love, by faith became my love, my life, my cross.
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