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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The 1100-year-old Cross

Well, the cross is brand new, but the wood used to make the cross is more than 1000 years old... I hope you have had some time to stop and admire the beautiful new cross we have above the fireplace in our church lobby. It is such a powerful and moving representation of the signature of Jesus--His great love and sacrifice--and contains 23 biblical names for Christ.

The wood was purchased as a tree 10 years ago by Lisa Rollins of Signserely....up north, when it was still legal to do so, from trees that had already been determined to be cut. As they fall, a portion of the tree is damaged and shattered, so it is a gamble on how much of the tree will be kept in usable pieces. This last, single piece of wood has been in her parents’ barn for over 10 years drying and awaiting the perfect project. It is a California Redwood, and was about 20' wide by 90’ tall. These trees are now endangered, protected, and no longer available for purchase.

The letters for the 23 names of Jesus were sandblasted and the entire piece aged and stained. This cross is a one-of-a-kind creation--designed by our staff and produced by Lisa at Signserely.

Once again I look upon the cross where you died
I'm humbled by Your mercy and I'm broken inside
So once again I thank you
Once again I pour out my life
Thank You for the cross
Thank You for the cross
Thank You for the cross, my friend

Thank You, Jesus!

1 comment:

LinemanTrade said...

The cross is beautiful and I believe conveys the message intended. In fact, I have been enjoying all the subtle changes that have been taking place to the lobby lately. The lobby has such a nice a peaceful atmosphere. Thank you.