Beached, weathered, cross…

This large wooden cross made National news a few times during the past few weeks. I first saw it first on a Sunday morning on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It had recently washed ashore, resting just out of range of the tide and partly covered with sand. It took a moment to realize it was a cross. It had been adrift at Sea for awhile, hence the dense barnacle population finding it a suitable home. During the past two weeks it became honored with a safe space, out of the range of tides, near the Ocean Manor Hotel. Visitors have placed memorials and stood in line for photo ops. A neighboring resident artist, skilled in beach sand designs created an additional tribute to the Parkland shootings. (I wrote a blog post of one of his creations last year and will include another post showing a new sand tribute shortly).

I am Christian, so it did give me pause as I saw it for the first time, on a Sunday morning of all possible days. It is comforting to know that it has been respected and preserved. My hope is that it causes viewers to stop and think; ponder their own relationship with God. I do not believe it has any mystical powers beyond it’s ability to make one stop and be aware that God is near. May you pause for a moment and think about your relationship with God today.

A washed ashore piece of driftwood, rich with symbolism and barnacles. It is still unclear where it originated. Rumors are North Carolina or Puerto Rico. Truth be told, it doesn’t matter, sometimes not knowing all the answers if “ok”. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg.
Barnacle habitat, perceived as much more by two legged viewers. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Moved to a safe space it is constantly visited by those wanting a photo with it or to leave a memorial candle or flowers. Some have signed their names on the wood. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Simple, poignant tribute to the victims of the Parkland shootings last year. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg

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