It’s been hot and dry in Hot Springs for most of the Summer. The weather has finally turned cooler. There are so many things to do. Many outings have had to wait because of the weather. Finally, we had a great weekend to be outside. And many chose to spend it making a statement about the American tragedy that has continued legally since 1973.
A crowd of close to 100 arrived an hour after noon yesterday, to help create a “Crosses for Life” memorial. My second year at the event, I soon found myself amongst those of all ages. As the crosses were pounded into the hard ground, others were being prepared and brought to the “front lines.”
The crosses are well designed. They only need to be removed from a specially designed bag, the attached crosspiece swung open. Finally, the screw connecting the two pieces of the cross together must be checked and possibly tightened by screwdriver.
Because of the lack of rain the past few months, men with metal poles had to prepare the ground where some of the crosses were to be placed.
The day turned out to be 10 degrees warmer than the meteorologists expected. Halfway through the work, it was suggested that a water break be taken. The suggestion was ignored by those with the hammers, and the crosses continued to go up.
As the work progressed, the talk decreased. The noise of the traffic on one of the most traveled streets in Hot Springs was soon the main sound, besides the knocking of wood by many different types of pounders.
In no time, the dry ground in front of the Nazarene Church was transformed into a memorial to the lives lost to abortion. Pastor Ken Carney asked each of the participants to touch one of the crosses as he prayed. My friend’s voice cracked with emotion as he prayed about a subject so close to our hearts.
The memorial will remain for two weeks when many of the crosses will be removed by some of the same folks who helped install them. The “Crosses for Life” will then be taken to another church where they will create another memorial.
This afternoon, another group of those believing that life should be protected from the time of conception, congregated at another busy spot in the Spa City. It was arguably the most beautiful day, weather-wise, that Hot Springs had seen in 4 months.
Everyone grabbed a sign and found a spot on either side of the busy street near the famous bath houses. What a contrast to last year. Traffic was very heavy as the beautiful day prompted many to take the drive or stroll through the historic part of town.
“Life Chain” is a time of prayer for those holding signs. The noise of the traffic made this part of the event easier, as it would have been difficult to have any type of a discussion over the loud sounds of vehicles.
Few protested our “statement.” One of those who did told me that I should be ashamed of myself.
I did feel badly about one thing…that I couldn’t do more to stop the killing.
May God have mercy on us. And may God bless all who were involved in the pro-life events this weekend.