The Cross: 38,102 Miles, 38 Years, One Mission by Arthur BlessittOn May 17, 2008, Arthur Blessitt walked his 38,102nd mile in Zanzibar, off of the coast of Tanzania, completing a journey that began in 1969. Arthur started walking with a twelve-foot cross on December 25, 1969 and has successfully carried a large wooden cross into every nation and major island group of the world. This book reads like a travelogue as you journey with Arthur in country after country. Youll begin with Arthurs initial call from God to carry a cross from Hollywood, where he was known as the minister of Sunset Strip, across America to its capital, Washington, DC. Youll go with Arthur as he hacks his way through the Darien Jungle from Panama to Colombia. Youll join Arthur and his son, Joshua, as they take the cross to South Africa in 1986. Youll be moved by the stories of how God used them to bring people spiritual, physical and relational healing during the final tumultuous days of racial apartheid. Youll trek with Arthur and his wife, Denise, as they cross desert sands to take the cross to Saudi Arabia when the nation was closed to tourists and as they walk with the cross in the various regions of the former USSR just weeks after its collapse. As Arthur has traveled around the world, he has found the cross to be a universal symbol of Gods love that can be understood in spite of language and cultural barriers. He writes, Perhaps Im the only person in history who has been physically shaped by the weight of a cross. But the changes the cross has brought to my physical body are not important. What is important is how the cross has changed my life and the lives of so many others, from the inside out!
What did Jesus mean when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me”?
Six true stories about the power of the cross
Remember me Lost your password? Everyone in their life carries a cross of some kind-everyone has some struggle, no life is perfect. There are the obvious crosses-serious illness, birth defect, learning disability, addiction and poverty. There are some less visible crosses-anxiety, depression, egotism and the struggle for humility, the penchant for doubt and lack of trust, disorganization, confusion. If a person, for instance, is born into poverty, rather than embrace that cross, and carry it with humility, a person is taught to be angry, and take up the cause of perceived equality, even if it means stealing from a neighbor in order to equal things out. Our society has become all about rights and what we perceive that we are entitled to.
It was not a very big cross, probably only a metre high. Many of us who claim to be Christian, are in fact Christian by convention, that is, church goers rather than by conviction. We believe Jesus is our Lord, the Son of God who died for our sins and by believing in Him we hope for eternal life. That is all well and good but what about living by his teachings? It seems that often we just want to be members of the club for the benefits wonderful benefits indeed , but do the bare minimum possible to join, filling the registration, signing to abide by the rules and paying the subscription. But as we approach the annual commemoration of the redemptive act of Jesus, His atonement for our sins, there is an opportunity to reflect on what it mean to be a true Christian.
As we celebrate the veneration of the Cross of Christ in the mid-week of Great Lent, we offer our readers these six true stories our own times demonstrating the power of the Cross and the sign of the cross, compiled by Pravoslavie. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. I can perform operations from a distance. I agreed out of curiosity. And she started passing her hands over me from a meter's distance. You are wearing something made of metal. You have to take it off.
The story is told of a man who goes to Jesus wanting to trade out his cross for a better one. Why does my cross have to be so cumbersome and heavy? Other people carry their cross with ease and mine is hindering my day to day life. Some are big and others are small. The man is instructed to put down his cross and then go select a new cross.