Off the Road, Off the Cuff

We have returned home.

We left Kansas after attending church at our son’s parish. The line of storms which had spawned the tornado which did the damage in Greenburg, Kansas, two days before had made its way across the state by then and we drove through incredible pelting rain. So much came down in one area at one time that the windshield wipers couldn’t keep up! You could not see the the vehicle just two car-lengths in front of us.

After a couple of hours, we got out of the rain and made our way across Missouri once again. We saw the sign for Yahweh’s Assembly in Messiah and then the sign for Yahweh’s Assembly in Yahshuah and I wondered again what the connection between those two congregations might have been.

198 foot Cross at the intersection of Interstates 57 & 70 in Effingham, IllinoisAnd, of course, we came to the great, big metal cross.

It’s in Effingham, Illinois. The picture to the left is from the website of The Cross Foundation which put up and maintains the cross.

If you want … you can get this picture (or others) as wallpaper for your computer screen. Just go to their website.

They’ll be happy to accept a donation from you, too. Just go to their website.

And they would very much like you to visit the “Cross at the Crossroads”. As I said, it’s in Effingham, Illinois.

Their website includes a little map showing how to get off the highway (Interstate 70) and make your way to the cross. I’m going to put that map on this website, too. Not because I think you should visit the cross…. I don’t. I’m not a particularly big fan of these sorts of things. But you can use the map to to find your way to something in Effingham that I do recommend: Niemerg’s Steak House and the Brass Rail Lounge.

Like the cross, Niemerg’s has a website. On it, this eatery describes itself this way: “Niemerg’s Steakhouse opened September 1, 1978. We are a locally owned, independent restaurant proud to have served over seventeen million customers over the last 28 years. A proud tradition we have adhered to over the years has been the preparation of more made-from-scratch food items in grandmother’s style than any other restaurant in the area. We make all of our own salads, many of our salad dressings, daily luncheon and dinner specials, and numerous baked goods which would make any grandmother proud.”

We ate dinner there last night. I had a salad with poppy seed dressing, roast beef with a baked potato and green beans, and a cup of coffee. My wife had a salad with blue cheese dressing, bbq pork with the same sides, and a cold drink. We both had dinner rolls. The meals were good and filling. The cost: $16.17 (which included a $3 tip for the waitress). You can’t beat that deal with a stick.

So … if you’re ever in Effingham, look at the cross. You can’t miss it. Then enjoy something really inspiring. A good meal at a good price at Niemerg’s Steak House and the Brass Rail Lounge.

On the map … Niemerg’s is on Fayette Avenue directly across the street from the Knights of Columbus hall. Niemerg’s is open every night until 2:30 a.m. (except Sundays when they close at midnight).

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One response to “Off the Road, Off the Cuff

  1. Hello there. You’re traveling much too quickly for me to catch up with you. I’m just kind of blown over — not by tornadoes, thank goodness, but the fact that I KNOW Effingham, Illinois, after a fashion. It’s a hop, skip, and a jump from the tiny town down the road towards St. Louis where my children’s father and grandparents originally came from, where a cousin still maintains the family farm, where we have visited on various festive and mournful occasions, for many years, and where some are buried. But you know, we never did see the cross, nor the restaurants.

    Glad you made it safely through the bad weather coming home…. and now can sip virtual tea with the Queen. Hope you can cheer her up after her time with the President.

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