The Moore American

September 4, 2013

Leave your burdens on the cross

By Wanda Bilbe
The Moore American

MOORE —  We went into a little hole-in-the-wall shop full of unique gifts.  One could easily browse for hours.  There were many religious items, but the cross on the counter grabbed our attention.

The cross was wooden, rather rugged for something front-line and center.  There were two small wicker baskets, one on each side of the cross. 

In the basket on the right hand side were little rocks tied up in burlap with a white piece of paper ready to be marked, with two brown strings dangling from the center.

Curiosity got the best of us and we just had to find out what the baskets and burlap covered rocks had to do with the cross.

The clerk was happy to explain.  “Oh, I’m so glad you asked.  This is my favorite treasure in the entire store.  It’s our Burden Cross.”

Still clueless, we waited for her explanation.  “You see, there is a white strip of paper on each burlap-covered rock.  You are supposed to write your burden down and then tie the rock to the cross.”

She picked up the rock and demonstrated.  “We are instructed to take our burdens to The Lord and leave them there.  This is a symbolic gesture — to help us remember to do just that — leave our burdens on the cross.  When God lifts that burden you take the rock off the tree and place it in the other basket.  It doesn’t take long to see that God lifts every burden you give to Him.”

What a wonderful illustration of giving your burdens to The Lord.  When we were growing up there was an old song we used to sing:

“Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.”

Simple, but not always easy to do, but oh, the peace we find when we leave our troubles in God’s care.

Just before we left the shop we overheard the clerk telling a customer, “You know, if you have a cross at home, you can make it a ‘burden cross,’ too.  One of our customers has a cross on the wall in her den.  She uses Post-it-Notes to write down her burdens and then sticks them on the right-side of the cross.  When God lifts that burden, she places it on the left side.  She said by far there are more Post-it-Notes on the left side of the cross.”

Take your burdens to The Lord and leave them there … it doesn’t matter how you do it; it is just the fact that you stop carrying your burdens and give them to God that matters.  And oh, what difference it makes.