Three crosses hard to miss
Driving from Mt. Pleasant to Iowa City, have you ever noticed the three crosses on the east side of Highway 218? They’re hard to miss. The crosses are located one mile north of the Highland School turnoff, at mile marker 76. Hwy 218 is the Avenue of the Saints, you know. I usually make the sign of the cross when I see these crosses (although I’m not Catholic), a little reminder to drive safely and be grateful for all my blessings.
About a year ago, the crosses disappeared—I presumed a victim of vandalism—someone not appreciating the symbolism of the crosses. And I sorely missed them—my journey to Iowa City, or perhaps Cedar Rapids or Waterloo, lacked the boost of spirituality. Then, this spring, the crosses reappeared. Overjoyed at the return of my old friends, I crossed myself again, and made up my mind that I would search out the story behind the crosses.
I located the people who erected these crosses—they also own the land the crosses are located on, a bucolic, pastoral setting, complete with a pond. They are wonderful people, full of compassion and desire to be of service to their fellow man. However, I’m going to leave their names out of this story, not because of confidentiality, but because they insist that the story is not about them. The story is a witness for those who encounter the crosses, their reaction to it, and spreading the story of the Resurrection.
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