Walking back from our local churches' Good Friday Walk of witness I noticed this wonderful display of flowers:
The point is the building at the back is a public lavatory and it just made me smile about how we try to dress up the things that embarrass us. Then I thought of this:
Since it was added to our church in the 1970s it has definitely enhanced our worship making the cross the focus over the communion table. However Jesus’ cross was nothing like this – it was crudely carved rough timber that would be very rough against the skin and not a nicely planed piece of oak. Isn’t that what we always try to do? Tame and civilise the rough harsh world that Jesus walks in even today.