Donnerstag, 17. März 2016

Crosses from Katie and the kids

Here are our crosses. 

Jonah (10) experimented with some sticks and colored string and yarn.

Evan (5) was prolific in his cross-making.  It was very important to include the marks of blood.

Andrew (4) made these two.  He frequently asked about the colors, "Is THIS a sad Lent color?"

And Eleanor (2), needed help getting started, but once I showed her how to draw crosses, she drew several more.  Then I showed her how to cut out strips of cardstock and glue them into crosses, she did several of those. After that she copied the boys' sticks and tape.

Mine (Katie) is somewhat contemporary.

After my husband cut the pallet for me, he noticed that the boards were uneven sizes.  "I could have fixed that..." But I told him that's what I like about it.  That wood is old and imperfect and cracked and weathered.  It might give you slivers or poke you with a nail.  I think we are boards like those.  Imperfect and spikey and worn down.  Cracked and weakened.  It would be easier to burn them up than to make them into something beautiful.

But the cross covers our imperfections and lets our beautiful creation peak through around the edges. And it's all wrapped for us like a gift, because that's what the cross and Christ's blood is-- a gift.

I heard a song the other day and it was going through my head as I made this.  Maybe it's a little shallow, but it was an earworm, and I thought it appropriate:

No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless.
(from "Flawless" by Merceyme)


  1. My current favorite song that gets AirPlay! Love all of the crosses.

  2. These are marvelous, Katie. The children show great creativity. I am so glad that Jonah participated this time, and with such good results. They are heartwarming.
    And yours - it's wonderful, with a wonderful meditation. I like the way you used the requirement for black - in the shadows of the unmatched boards. It adds a lot.This is quite thought provoking. Thanks for taking the time and sharing your families' creations.

  3. I don't know the song, but will look it up. It fits.

  4. Great job, guys!
    Katie, you are such a good mommy giving everyone time and place to make things and create traditions.