Cross #12.665

Knoxville, TN

I received my cross from a precious person of whom I was very scared as a teenager. I was a Pledge in a high school social club and she was an Active. She intimidated me and I felt that she could reduce me to tears just by the way she spoke. My fear of her made that year in high school unpleasant. (This was not what would be referred to today as bullying.  It was a time in American history where we learned to handle adversity ourselves rather than cry to our parents, a lawyer or the school system to handle our adversity for us.) Because I felt that Ann took particular pleasure in intimidating me (as I perceived it through the eyes of a young girl), I did not like her. As I have experienced the sweet grace of Jesus in both our lives I am especially touched by the friendship that we now have and by her beautiful spirit. I have used this example of changed lives with my grandson who is having the same sort of problem with a boy in his school.  Receiving this cross from her reminds me of how indeed ‘all things work together for good for those who love Christ and are called according to His name’. His grace has made us new and His grace has made us one.