The Beautiful, Terrible Cross

The Beautiful, Terrible Cross

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The Beautiful, Terrible Cross

I love wearing a cross around my neck and have nearly always done so. Most of the time it is inside my clothing but not always. I wear an empty cross because I believe Christ rose, ascended and is home again with His Father God. My late mother-in-law’s pink-beaded crucifix lies on my dresser and reminds me of the work Christ did on the cross.

Why is wearing a cross meaningful? It is a symbol of my Christian faith as well as a reminder of Jesus’ great love and mercy for me.

A person once asked why anyone would want to wear an electric chair around the neck. While that thought seemed odd in some ways, it remains true. The  beautiful, terrible cross is where our Lord and Savior died.

The song on YouTube says it so well and so poignantly.

Years ago I was on a mission trip to Guatemala and our group was enjoying a night walk in the city. The cross I then wore was of sentimental value since it was from my first husband. Before I knew it, that cross and chain were broken, jerked from my neck, and snatched away by a young man who quickly disappeared in the throng of people. I let that beloved cross go and prayed he might benefit.

On another mission trip, I bought a white jade cross, which I loved. I did not even know jade came in white color. I wore that cross many years, but felt called to gift it to my oldest granddaughter. I enjoy seeing it on her lovely neck.

Once in China, I was casting about looking for a cross to buy. I asked the clerk in the gift shop in our hotel if he had any crosses. He shook his head no, seemed to ponder, but then indicated I should wait. He went to the back of the shop and returned with the prettiest, dark green jade cross and chain. They came home with me.

I noticed the next day he had another cross on display. I guess he thought if one American wanted to buy one of these may another one would also. It wasn’t something typically displayed; no doubt for several reasons. I still have that cross, but it is not an everyday-wear cross.

My next cross event went like this. I was wearing maybe my most favorite cross and chain ever owned, given several years ago by husband Conrad, who just died in 2014. I visited, yes, you guessed, another sweet granddaughter. This 15-year-old was in the middle of some very hard choices about her upcoming high school days. I prayed with her, I loved on her and lifted the cross from my neck to hers. She hasn’t taken it off since. I believe it comforts her.

Just recently, the members in my Bible Study Fellowship group pressed a Lifeway gift certificate in my hands. Those ladies! You’ve already figured what I bought, haven’t you? Yes, a magnificent silver cross and chain. My neck feels so adorned again. Like it knew what had been missing.

          A statement is made when one wears a cross. Any thoughts or comments?

Jude Urbanski About Jude Urbanski

Jude Urbanski’s passions are ‘people and places.’ She writes women's fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. Her stories invite you to heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God. First published in nonfiction, Jude continues to write in this field also. Editing services complete Jude’s repertoire.


  1. The paragraph about your granddaughter brought chills. With four small granddaughters of my own, I can imagine that a similar scene might be in my future. May I be quick to listen to God’s nudging, and obey.
    I tend to wear a dove as a reminder that the Spirit is with me at all times, but I spent years wearing a cross as well.

  2. Oh, I like the dove reminder too! Yep, I released that cross to my disturbed granddaughter with much emotion but knew it was the right thing. Thanks for your good comments, Linda.

  3. Pamela Nevins says:

    It saddens my heart when I see a cross around someone’s neck when I know it’s worn as a fashion statement, not a reality in their lives. You make me want to get out my cross necklaces and put them to good use, Jude! Thank you!

  4. Pam, get them out! Let’s pray that the cross on an unbeliever might be cause for a meaningful conversation to begin. You’ve caused me to think of that opportunity.

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