Just as Jesus, the Carpenter of Nazareth, turned the wood of the cross into the door to life, so the Lord seeks to redeem and transform all of the negatives in our lives to positives. The pain and suffering of this world can be overwhelming. The darkness of our hearts and the consequences of our actions can be downright daunting, bleak and feel inescapable. For every personal heartache or social ill known to humanity, the cross of Christ is the solution. The cross is beyond a symbol of hope; it is a revelation of the life giving, transforming power available to all who thirst.