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It Wasn't Easy

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Randall had come home to visit his granddad who had been moved to the nursing home after a tumble down the steps at the farm had left him with a broken hip. Randall stopped by the farm on his way into town, a place that held so many wonderful childhood memories of summers spent with his grandparents. Looking across the field he spotted the old cross he had helped his granddad erect using rough cut beams from the barn. When he'd asked why they were putting up a cross, his granddad had said, "Well you see, Randall, all the years your grandma and I spent raising kids and running this farm... it hasn't been easy, but God's always been there to see us through. I want to remind folks who drive by that God gave us the very best gift of all. This cross here, this is to show Him how much I love his Son."
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This post was written for Six Sentence Stories
where the prompt this week is rough...
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16 comments:

  1. What a lovely post honey. You write so very well. I wish I could do half as well.

    Have a terrific day. Big hugs. ☺

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    1. This is not fancy writing Sandee, it just comes from the heart. You can do it too, I've seen you do it... believe in yourself! XOXO

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  2. I wonder why that simple symbol offends so many people?

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    1. I agree Joe. It is a simple symbol of faith. Faith is a good thing! Without faith, where would we find hope? It doesn't matter to me what symbol one chooses or wears to represent their own belief, just that they believe. To believe in nothing greater than yourself is tragic.

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  3. This reminds me of the Cross of Effingham, IL. A church erected it to remind people of God's love and that no matter where they are, He watches over them. It is huge. I posted about it last spring, during Lent. No, life is not easy. God gives us hope and strength. Thanks for the nice story.

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    1. I will have to go back and re-read that post Annie! There is is a gigantic lit cross on the highway in Oklahoma too. We were never promised that life would be easy or even fair, and it isn't. But somehow we find the strength and hope in faith to muddle on through!

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    1. Thank you Sandie... a message that never changes and always bears repeating!

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  5. You've reminded me of the words of the song. "I'll cling to the old rugged Cross..." Okay, i'll stop singing! But i'm still going to have that song in my head, and i love it.

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    1. .....and exchange it someday for a crown." Now, I'm singing! Thanks for jogging my memory from my Baptist upbringing!

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    2. Now I'll be humming "The Old Rugged Cross", Mimi... great catch! My father loved to play record albums such as these, and your comment brought back sweet memories.

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    1. Thank you Ranci! This is one of those pieces that just felt good as it wrote itself.

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  7. beautifully written story Josie. I'll be back next week this week just got a little out of hand. Have to say I really missed doing this though.

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  8. Life ain't easy but with that rough cross there is hope. Thoughtful story.

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