Last night, sitting on the couch with needle and lace in hand, I was hand-sewing a baby dress for a friend while listening to Billy Graham’s last talk – how true he has stayed to the one message God called him to preach.


“The Cross is offensive,” he said, “it requires you to live a different life; and that offends.”


I ponder these words as I work the needle between entredeux and lace.


It does offend the sinner, yes.  Public radio this morning was full of those offended, trying to stamp out pray in public meetings.  It offends the businessperson who steals from others.  It offends the unchaste as they give themselves away and wonder why no one stays to really love them.


As much as it offends – no even more than it offends, it is TRUTH!  They can try to run God out of the schools, out of town meeting, out of their business, our of their heart.  They can try to say He doesn’t exist, and press hard against the church itself.


But God is bigger than the accounting books of man, He is bigger than their laws: and walls to keep him out, nor the rules and laws of man, or their opinions of what is true and what is not do not affect God’s hand!


Yes, the cross offends.  Truth will always offend the person bent on a path to hell.


These thoughts and more stagger as a drunken man though my mind. I lift the little dress for a child yet to be born, and pray that the cross will offend this child in such a way that she will Love Christ and serve God all the days of her life.


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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