Carry the Cross shares message of hope

                                                                                                                              Photo by Shari Harris
The Buckner family shared their message of hope with passersby at Hwy. 63 and Hwy. CC north of Licking.

By Shari Harris

The annual Carry the Cross event on Good Friday couldn’t be squelched by the social restrictions currently in place in Missouri. Friday morning, a message of hope was presented by many faithful believers in Jesus Christ, holding crosses along highways and shouting and waving to passersby. The message they shared was infectious, and many drivers honked and waved in return.
                                                                                                                 Photo by Shari Harris
The Rock Springs Baptist Church Youth Group displayed their crosses and their faith along 
Highway 63 in the center of Licking.

Crosses could be seen lying along the sides of the highway Thursday evening, left in preparation for 7 a.m. on Friday, when the event officially began. Coordination was more difficult this year perhaps. In order to limit social gathering, no 6 a.m. meeting was held, and a few carriers improvised at the last minute and created their own crosses.
After weeks of discouraging news as our country and state battled against the COVID-19 pandemic, the hope shared by the Carry the Cross event was a welcome change.
Photo by Shari Harris
Coming south from Edgar Springs, early morning travelers saw the first cross
being held by Teresa Edgar at the Hwy. 63 and Hwy. K intersection.

Carry the Cross began in 2012, and was the vision of Pastor David Craig of Sikeston. Initially the vision was to construct the largest living cross in the world by displaying about 1500 crosses, about every 1/4-mile, along Hwy. 63 and Hwy. 60, across the state. It has grown and the Carry the Cross Facebook page now says it is “a global movement of believers who stand with the physical cross or carry the physical cross to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.” The message is spreading to communities all over the world, where Christians are encouraged to stand with or carry a cross from 7 a.m. -11 a.m. on Good Friday.



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