Summary: The cross. It always brings us to a crossroad. A crossroad is where you have to decide to go one way or the other. As difficult as it might have been, a choice has to be made and whatever commitment you make today determines your life tomorrow
Two water towers have always served as landmarks for travelers heading for their homes near Wauconda, IL but especially at the holidays. More than 40 years ago, John Kuester, then village police chief, suggested mounting lit large twin crosses on the towers to mark the season. Adopted by the village, the display of crosses along with Christmas lights became a tradition. But in 1989, Robert Sherman, spokesman for American Atheists, Inc., heard about the crosses. Since Wauconda’s crosses were on government property, Sherman saw an alleged violation of church and state. He delivered an ultimatum: remove the crosses from the water towers or meet in court. Several town hall meetings followed but ultimately the decision was forced by economics. Realizing a similar case had lost in court, the residents of Wauconda opted not to burden themselves with 100’s of 1000’s of dollars in court costs. But then a group of residents had the final say. Rosemary Buschick and her husband Chuck, went to the back room of their shop across from the Town Hall and constructed a window-sized cross with lights to display the next day. Will Shumaker, whose home appliance store is also on Main Street, also put up a cross. Within weeks, crosses were appearing on houses everywhere--attached to antennas, stuck in yards, beaming from trees, shining in windows." Two crosses had been replaced by 100’s.
The cross. It always brings us to a crossroad. A crossroad is where you have to decide to go one way or the other. As difficult as it might have been, a choice has to be made and whatever commitment you make today determines your life tomorrow. In Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, the last line says, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” We all face crossroads but the most important crossroad you’ll ever have in your life is the decision that the resurrection was true. At that point, you don’t just believe it’s true, you commit all of you, everything you have, to this Jesus path. That can come with great sacrifices. Dale Pilgrim tells of when he was 19, he was in a relationship to a woman named Patty who meant a lot to him. He had been accepted to enter training to become a Salvation Army officer. But a week from leaving for St. John's Newfoundland, he wasn't packed, either physically or spiritually. One night when he came home in the late hours past midnight, he was surprised to see his parents sitting in the family room waiting for him. His Dad challenged him as he stood in the middle of the room to decide -- the relationship with 'Patty' or the road to serving Jesus through the Salvation Army. As they went off to bed, his dad turned and said, “Decide before you turn in!” There he sat, alone and in the dark, at a crossroads. And then he writes, “That night I decided to end the relationship with Patty. The next day, with broken heart and on my knees, my mom and dad flanked me in prayer on either side, and I surrendered to God.”