Monday, February 4, 2008

That's Done. Cross It Off.

Last summer Randall took a few weeks of Sabbatical leave from work. (in addition to summer holidays and a couple weeks of study leave) In the middle of June, a few weeks before Sabbatical was due to start, the Church surprised us with the trip of a lifetime.

They sent us to Iona, Scottland.

And it was amazing.

The thing was, though, that for most of the first week I felt like a tag-along. I really felt like it was Randall's trip and I was just along for the ride.

Then one afternoon, probably the 4th or 5th day in, I picked up a book in the Abbey gift shop called "101 Celtic Crosses". Having done a few Celtic crosses in clay, I thought this would be a great book to bring home for inspiration.

I started leafing through it, and came across the exact picture of the cross I had made for Randall's Christmas gift, about 8 months before.

The cross?

It was called "the Iona cross". A modern cross, used to represent the Isle of Iona.

I got goosebumps and nearly wept.

It really seemed like God was telling me, that afternoon, that even before the thought of that trip had been conceived, God was planning it; and it wasn't just for Randall,  it was for me too.

When we got home, and as summer turned to autumn, I decided that it would be cool to make a larger version of the Iona cross as a gift for the church. To say thank you to everyone for contributing to our trip, and as a reminder of God's grace and provision in all our lives.

So, I got started.

The original plan was to have it ready for the Christmas Eve service, but it wasn't done by then.

I picked it up this week, and after a bit of a touch-up with a permanent gold marker, I brought it to Church and presented it to the Church Chair. Person. Not an actual chair.

It turned out pretty well. About 18 inches long, I think. (I also think it looks a little better in the pictures than it did in person, but what do I know?!)

A cool story, that Iona cross.

A very cool story.


  1. I meant to tell you on Sunday that the cross is absolutely amazing!!

  2. I am very impressed.

  3. I love gifts that come from the heart of a person - and this did. It is a thing of great beauty.

  4. Beautiful. What is it made of?

  5. Carved out of a slab of white clay, then glazed with a "bronze" glaze, and highlighted with a gold permanent marker. (because the glaze was a little thick in places and the relief work needed some help)

  6. I couldn't help but write about it on my blog! I do love gifts of the's you.