A SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE WITNESS

BY STEVE DUNN

“Would you be willing to put a cross on your front line as a simple expression of witness?”

r-cross-large570This is how an older lady in a Methodist Church in Harrisburg PA began a quiet announcement in her church. “People have all kinds of signs on their front lawns for many purposes. How about a simple cross that simply says ‘A Christian lives here.”

Ultimately 250 persons from her church living around the Linglestown area of the city had crosses on their front lawns. Not garish. No other messages–but the most powerful one. “A Christian lives here.”

One day a lady knocked at the door of a house with this cross on the lawn. “My car broke down, my cell phone doesn’t work, and I am lost,” she told the homeowner. “I really didn’t known what to do, and then I saw your cross and thought, ‘Someone with cross will surely help.”

What a wonderful serendipity of the Spirit! What a wonderful witness! What a wonderful way to say to a community in an inviting and non-threatening way, “A follower of Jesus lives here.”

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