MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point resident Nathan Preyear decided to demonstrate his faith on Good Friday, by carrying a wooden cross for more than a mile.
"He carries the cross every day. One day out of this year, we could do this for Him," Preyear told his fellow church members, as they prepared to begin the walk.
"He loves us and carries all our burdens. So this is in remembrance of Him," he said.
Preyear and a small band of believers marked this Good Friday morning with a public pilgrimage. They walked from Kreole Elementary School in Moss Point, to their church, Little Rock Missionary Baptist.
"I always just want to do right. Even though it's hard, you know. I'm a piece of dirt, coming from nothing. And I'll go back to dirt," said Preyear, as he talked about his second cross walk, "But God died for me.
He loved me so much, He gave His only begotten son. So, they're ain't nothing I can do to repay him."
"But I can acknowledge it," he said.
His public acknowledgement means carrying a cross.
"Jesus' cross didn't have no wheels on it!" Preyear joked, as he talked about his homemade cross with the pair of wheels attached to the bottom.
He says his message is one of hope. And the promise of heaven.
"And I want the same thing for everybody, not just for me. Every man, woman and child. Everybody.
And there's enough love to go around. He loves all of us. He says, in my Father's house, there are many mansions," said the believer.
Women sang during the journey, "I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine," their raised voices echoed.
This is the second straight year they've marched this mile plus in public, sharing smiles and encouraging words.
"But Jesus said it. I lay down my life! On the third day, I pick it up again!" said one enthusiastic participant.
"Can you imagine? Walking to your death, knowing you're fixing to die. For a bunch of people that don't even know you. And you do it anyhow," said Preyear, shaking his head in disbelief.
"He did that for us."
"Me? I'd probably be running the other way!" he admitted.
But Preyear was not running the other way. He was walking the way of the cross on this solemn Good Friday.
"We're almost at the home stretch. It ain't Calvary, but it's Little Rock," he proclaimed.
"I'd like to thank you all once again for participating, for coming out," he told the group, as they gathered in a circle for prayer outside the church.
"It's not about baskets and eggs. It's not about fancy clothes," said Preyear, sounding more like a preacher.
"It's about Jesus Christ who died for us on this day, that we might have life and have it abundantly," he declared.