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Cross Walk 1

Mason City resident Ray Rottinghaus leads a crowd of about 75 people as he carries a cross during the Good Friday Community Cross Walk in downtown Mason City.

For the past 15 years, my husband and I have had the opportunity to take off from work on Good Friday of Holy Week. We do that so we can partake in the crosswalk through downtown Mason City as a way to remember the last steps Jesus took before being crucified for our transgressions. This year was no different, except for one thing – the event did not happen.

The person who usually organizes this event stepped away, and unfortunately no one from the Ministerial Association took on the task of getting it done or finding persons to do it. Disappointing to say the least. I do hope that prior to Easter and Holy Week of 2019 that this group will decide to organize it once again.

My life would not be the same if I didn't believe in God. Some days are tough, some days are beautiful. God gave us his son Jesus to show us how to live, and through his death he saved me from dying. On the beautiful days, I praise him! On the bad days, I pray to him for help and strength.

Being able to walk a few steps, carrying a portion of the cross, reading some scripture and singing, is at the least one way of showing him I love what he did for me that day. Then the rejoicing of Easter is so grand. He is risen! He is risen indeed!

I hope the members of the Ministerial Association of Mason City will not forget next year and once again have this event available for myself and others who would want to be a part of this cross walk.

Sue Simmons, Mason City

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