Once upon a time, a 62-foot statue of Jesus reached to the heavens in sight of all who traveled I-75 through Monroe, Ohio. Built in the reflecting pool of Solid Rock Church, the statue known as Touchdown Jesus (real name, King of Kings) became a local landmark.
And then it happened. One night, during a thunderstorm, despite precautions taken to protect the big guy, lightning claimed Touchdown Jesus.
Within minutes, all that remained was a charred metal frame. A local landmark was gone.
Solid Rock Church, which had been planning a renovation of the statue, vowed to rebuild. A number of designs were looked at, but it was clear Touchdown Jesus was done. Well, now work has begun on a new Giant Jesus. Gone is Jesus from the waist up reaching for the Heavens. In its place will be a full body sculpture of The Lord reaching out to people called Come Unto Me.
Work is expected to be completed at the end of summer.
More at the My Town Monday blog.