The cross I cannot escape

There is a cross on a hill that I cannot escape.  Literally.  I see it from my backyard.  I see it from my house.  And I see it as I walk around my neighborhood.  It looms large, and it’s a reminder to me of this reality: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

Arvo Kannisto, 93, created the big white cross on the mountainside near Calistoga Road in Santa Rosa as a testament to his faith.

As reported in the Press Democrat, Kannisto’s inspiration came while traveling around the world in the 1960s. Kannisto said he was looking out the airplane window as it descended into Rio de Janeiro and saw Christ the Redeemer, with arms outstretched, standing watch over the city.

Kannisto was inspired. “When I returned home, I looked at the mountain one day and the words of a hymn came to me. ‘On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.’”

Once a week, for the past 30 years, when the weather is good, he hikes up the hill clear the trail and to maintain the cross.

I am grateful for that cross on a hill I cannot escape.  For me, it is an important reminder of the life I now live “by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave his life for me.”


About chris breuninger

I love life, my family, and Jesus. I enjoy live music, rigorous exercise, thoughtful movies, and strong coffee. I study scripture, wine, and people. I get frustrated with narrow minds, Christian stereotypes, and gardening. My vocation is pastor, but I’m hesitant to admit that, and I’m happy when people are surprised by that.
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2 Responses to The cross I cannot escape

  1. Carolyn says:

    The cross on the hill reminds me visually of God’s constant presence in my life. He says “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

  2. Joan says:

    That is awesome! Thank you for sharing the history of this cross. I see it every day, too, and it is a wonderful reminder to me of how much my Savior loves me! Blessings!

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