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Peterson youth group remembers Good Friday with cross walk

This group of students made their way with the cross from west of the Little Sioux River to downtown Peterson. This group of students made their way with the cross from west of the Little Sioux River to downtown Peterson.

For Christians, Easter is a time of joy, but there was a significant amount of pain required to get there. Jesus' crucifixion and death on the cross preceded His resurrection.

On Sunday morning, some Peterson, Iowa, high schoolers got a glimpse of what Jesus felt on Good Friday.

"The morning is really quiet, so you can just take in everything," said Shenna Geisinger of Sioux Central High School.

"We go down by the bridge, west of town, say a little prayer and then we start our walk back," said Tim Saunders, a junior at Sioux Central.

As the sun rises, students take turns carrying a wooden cross down the side of the road.

"We each grab one of the sides of the cross and we just hold it under our arms and kind of just walk together. And everyone else is walking behind us. So, it's kind of just like following the Lord," said Michelle Stoner, a junior at Sioux Central.

With each step, students say they begin to feel a little bit of what that night was like for Jesus nearly 2,000 years ago.

"I look at it as a time to have the youth or anybody who wants to help carry it. It gives you an inner connection to that Christ actually suffered and died for us," said Lonnie Hansen, an organizer.

"We're not talking. So, it's more like you can just connect with God and just kind of start your morning right," said Stoner.

Students carry the cross in pairs to help make the weight bearable, dragging part of it across the pavement

"It gives you an idea of what He went through. It's not nearly as heavy as what He had to carry and probably not as far," said Saunders.

And as they make their way through their three-quarters of a mile course, the gravity of their trip, and what Jesus went through, begins to hit them.

"Towards the end of our journey, the cross gets heavy and you get a little tired. So, you really feel the burden that Jesus felt," said Geisinger.

As they complete their trek in silence, they say their faith grows a little more.

The youth group, which is made up of members of the area's Protestant and Catholic churches, completed the cross walk by bringing it into the Peterson community center.

There, the students led their own Easter service.

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