This edited story, written on October 25, 2009, is reprinted from another blog.
Recently, several people across the United States and in Canada have joined me in carrying a wooden cross. The testimonies I have received from these brothers have been very encouraging. And I am receiving word, both directly and indirectly, that the list of "Cross bearers" is growing daily.
Since I started carrying my cross a few months ago, several people have inquired about the specifications of my cross. Allow me to preface what follows by admitting that I am not a handyman. I didn't build my cross. Someone else built it for me, and for a use different from how I employ it, today. I can handle a Beretta 92F quite proficiently, but keep me away from your power tools. That's all I have to say about that.
My cross has a 4' vertical beam, and a 2.5' horizontal beam. Each beam is 6.5" wide and 1.5" thick. Sorry, I have no idea what kind of wood it is. The wood was distressed to give it a worn, rugged look.
The beams are fastened together by what I can only describe as five wood dowels or screws and glue.
The only metal on my cross are the two screws holding an "L-shaped" wall mount in place, at the top of the vertical beam. The mount was originally designed to fit into a corresponding female mount attached to a wall. Now, the mount allows me to place the cross atop and easel tripod. This way I can display the cross while open-air preaching or distributing tracts, without having to hold it in my hands.
Affixed to the horizontal beam are 4" vinyl, self-adhesive letters. The letters are large enough to be seen from a good distance. And they also reflect light well, which is helpful during nighttime operations.
Someone more creative than I am can probably come up with a better way to light their cross; but this is what I do. I purchased a headband light from Home Depot. They can also be purchased at any sporting goods store (often found in the camping section). I simply side the light up the vertical beam and tighten the elastic strap. I position the light so that it illuminates the horizontal beam. An additional light can be placed at the top of the vertical beam, facing down toward the horizontal beam. With just a small amount of additional light, your cross will be easily seen at night.
Well, there you have it--the specifications for my cross.
I hope this is helpful to those who are considering making a cross of their own.
Click here for an excellent post from Vernon Costolo, at the Proclaiming the Truth blog, about building a cross.
If you are out there carrying a cross, let me hear from you.