Discover a new creative way to pray. You don't need any artistic training to make a cross. All you need is a few found objects and a longing to draw closer to God. In Making Crosses Ellen Prewitt shares what she has learned from making crosses and how it can teach you deep spiritual truths as you meditate on Christ and His love.
Making Crosses introduces a new spiritual practice for those who want to experience God beyond day-to-day prayers. More than analytical thinking, the practice of making crosses offers a way of prayer where understanding comes from doing.
This new prayer form can take as little or as much time as you have or want to commit. You bring your own creativity to bear and make a representation of the cross of Christ. Each cross is unique, but they all share some deep truths, and Ellen Prewitt invites all to explore the ways in which making crosses can deepen a life lived for Christ. As she explains:
"Ive found that anyone can make a cross, and by making crosses we are better able to understand what God needs for us to understand about ourselves, our church, or whatever may be working in our lives. To make a cross is to pray in a new way, but its not as simple as old-fashioned petitionary prayer; making crosses is a way for God to pray through you."
Ellen Morris Prewitt is an award-winning writer who turned to making crosses after the tragedy of 9/11. Her writings have appeared in Image, River Teeth, The Rambler, and elsewhere. She was the Peter Taylor Fellow in nonfiction at Kenyon Colleges Summer Writing Program and her commentaries aired on the local NPR affiliate for many years. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee where, in addition to making crosses, she facilitates a writing group of men and women who live on the streets.
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