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A little prayer goes a long way

by Kirby Gibbs

SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Crosses of all types adorn the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Center, but thev'e made some special crosses that include a little prayer that will go a long way.

"The crosses take approximately four hours to make each one", says Steve Thomas, the maker of the crosses. "It's just a simple wooden cross, like the cross Jesus was nailed to, and it was made by my hands and yes there are some imperfections, but like all humans we're imperfect". But it's a perfect way for the church to be supportive of our troops where ever they are deployed.

The soldier recieves their cross in a little white box with a prayer that reads, "[Kenneth Ryan Montgomery], this prayer cross is being sent to you to let you know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. We pray for your safe return home. We thank God for you and all those who serve this nation. Inside the cross is a piece of paper with your name and the congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas prayed for you. Peace and blessings, The First United Methodist Church".

The prayer crosses have made their way across the world, but for one mother the gesture hit closer to home. "As she was talking she started crying and saying how grateful that she was that some small town in Texas in this little church was thinking of her son and that's what we're trying to do here", says Thomas, bring some peace of mind during the time of war.

The idea for the prayer crosses came to Steve Thomas after attending the funeral service of one of the church's own soldiers. From tehn he set out to bring comfort to families while their loved ones serve over seas.

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