we built Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam), it was the largest in the world.
As is common on such projects, there were the inevitable accidents and some
workmen lost their lives. When the dam was complete, they put a plaque
into the wall. On it they inscribed the names of the workmen who had died
during construction. The plaque begins, "These died that the desert
might rejoice and blossom as the rose." So Christ died that the dry
and arid souls of men might be refreshed and renewed and turned from total waste
to useful service.
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,