Christianity’s spread over the world could be marked by a hypothetical observer from space. Looking down from orbit, the 125-foot high Christ the Redeemer statue outside of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the even taller 170-foot illuminated cross created by Houston’s Sagemont Church might be noticed. And, with excellent optics, perhaps also a much smaller one here on Interstate 45.

Faith Community Church’s lighted wooden cross may seem more modest, and its dimensions are, but to a lonely, tired or troubled traveler returning to our island at night, it can provide a moment of hope against the blank canvas of the salt marsh sea here in the Bayou Vista section of Hitchcock.

Rick Cousins can be reached at

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