Today we went to the market and there was a stall with second hand bits of jewellery, beads, necklaces, rings. Think plastic, not gold! The boys wanted to look through things, I felt so blessed, they were looking for a little gift for me.
No, they wanted something themselves.
Timmy quickly came across a metal cross necklace
Timmy : Look at this mummy
Me : Oh that’s nice Timmy, really that is nice, if you want it though, you have to ask how much it is.
He asked and is told it is 100 leke (about 70p)
Eden is disappointed at this as apparently what Timmy has found is exactly what he wanted. A cross necklace, but that’s just what he wanted. So we all start to look to try to find Eden a cross necklace. Suprisingly we come across quite a few but they are all crucifixes, with Jesus on them.
Eden : I don’t want one with Jesus on it, he isn’t on the cross.
The man and lady at the shop ask what we are looking for and we explain we would like a cross necklace, they pull out several, all with Jesus on the cross. We explain that we would like is one without Jesus on it.
Wait, wait they tell us, we have lots of crosses, wait there. The man disappears, a few other customers come along, interested by what we are looking at. They start to look for a cross necklace for Eden too. No, we repeat time after time, not with Jesus on it. We are Christians we believe Jesus didn’t stay on the cross, he rose from the dead. Now there are at least six, seven people around this little table/store, the man has returned with a carrier bag with several crosses and crucifixes in it and again Eden begins to look for what he wants.
He find a cross, a wooden cross, he also finds a silver cross. Both plain, without Jesus on them.
We pay for our items, 250 leke or about £1.50 and leave the shopkeepers, the customers, the crucifixes and the other crosses behind, with the words clearly spoken. Jesus is not on the cross, He has Risen.
Thanks for that great sermon boys. Words, actions, heart and searching for the cross… that’s Easter.