"These crosses are molded of hand-made polymer clays. They are carefully cured. Next, layers of delicate gold guilding are added all to create a quniquely distinctive piece. Cling to this cross as a reminder that God is always with you and He never leaves. May the Emmanuel Cross be a source of comfort, peace, and direction."
The Story of the Emmanuel Cross
The story begins with my annual Christmas ornament creations. Typically, I find myself making angels and crosses for the tree but this day as I continued to work with the clay, I found myself molding a comfortable cross that fit between my first two fingers and my thumb. Friends, family and others shared stories of what the crosses meant to them, but I believe I truly realized the importance of the cross while visiting my parents. I watched as they presented one of my “palm” Emmanuel Crosses to a young boy joining the church. His mother, reunited with her son for the first time after a prison sentence, beamed with pride and gratitude to witness this special moment. Their ministers, also clearly touched, gasped when she saw the cross. She knelt in front of the youngster placing the cross on her chest and explained to him, “this cross, when you hold it, will remind you that God never leaves us. This is God with us.” We were all moved by her words. Emmanuel which means, “God with Us” became the name. Years later, it continues to be my prayer that these crosses get into the hands of people who need them as signs of hope, love and encouragement. It is my honor to create and share them.