BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– If you have driven down Highland Road in the past few days you may have seen the sorrow image of hundreds of crosses. St. John United Methodist Church has posted more than 700 wooden crosses on their front lawn in honor of the Louisiana natives who lost their battle to the coronavirus. “We are hoping this serves as a symbol of resurrection that is coming at Easter, for all of these lives lost but also a symbol of shared grief, because we are all struggling right now and we want our community to know we are with them,” said Rev. Lane Cotton Winn.
Pastor Lane said the crosses allow her church to reach beyond the walls of her empty building. “The Church has truly left the building and is out in the community now,” Winn said.
Donnie Lambert is volunteering his time to build each cross, time he said he puts aside to heal the hearts of others. ” It’s just important that there’s some representation and empathy for the families that are struggling,” Lambert said. Neither Lambert or Pastor Lane expected to post this many crosses when they first had the idea. “As we started filling in all the crosses it all became real how significant this really is,” Lambert said.
While the image is tragic, it also serves as a vision of hope and ressurection during the Easter season. “Easter is alive in Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana, and these lives were not lost in vain. These lives have been welcomed into a heavenly home,” Winn said. Pastor Lane said