I recently was given the opportunity to review My Caring Cross for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased opinion on their product.
My Caring Cross is a wonderful product for those who want a cross that is easy to carry around, comes from a place with a fabulous history and wants to be able to have it with them at all times.
The Olivewood Cross
Caring Crosses are individually carved from a single unique piece of beautifully grained olive wood pruned from the olive trees around Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus. Christians have been carving crosses like this for hundreds of years, originally for pilgrims and more recently tourists visiting the Holy Land. Each craftsman receives a fair price to support their family and Christian community. The Caring Cross is designed to fit comfortably into the palm of your hand as an aid to prayer or meditation. Ideal as your spiritual companion for easing children's fears, comforting worries and stresses of adults and focusing the prayer of the sick and elderly.
What I really like about this cross is that is not the normal ones that you see out there with the hard, sharp edges this one has soft edges and is very smooth too.. So if this is something that you would want to give to a child for a baptism, communion or a special occasion then it I know that it would be safe for them.
The Olive Tree
"And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth."
His branches shall spread and his beaty shall be as the olive tree...."
The olive tree is probably the most significant plant mentioned in both the New and Old Testament. First mentioned in Genesis as the leaf brought by the dove to comfort Noah, it was the tree Jesus prayed under before the last supper. The Olive tree also provided food, lamp oil, anointing oil and building material during ancient times.
The olive tree is an evergreen which can grow for thousands of years. The tree admired by Hosea whose leaves have been a sign of abundance; glory and peace are still used to crown victors in the Olympic Games. The oil from the fruit used to anoint the sick. The olive trees of Jerusalem are pruned to remove the hard wood and open the tree so new growth can provide a bountiful cop of olives the next year. This hard and beautiful timber is used by local craftsmen for carving.
Bethlehem Craftsman and Fair Trade
"The wood is from the tree of life, those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed."
Christian craftsmen have been carving the branches thinned from the olive trees since the fourth century. Monks from the Church of Nativity built on the site of the birth of Jesus Christ taught the local Christians how to use the olive wood to carve. The process was passed down from generation to generation.
When Franciscans arrived in the 16th century the artisans began creating religious souvenirs for the pilgrims. Today, the cottage industry is a major source of income for the Christians of Bethlehem. The carving of Olive wood crafts is a very labor intensive practice with much of the carving done by hand.
In recent years, the decrease in tourism and reduction in suitable olive wood has caused many Christian craftsmen to emigrate from the area. Each member of the community who leaves puts further pressure on the rest. Purchasing Caring Crosses and other handicrafts made by local Christians in Bethlehem ,who are paid a fair price for their work, both provides yourself with a beautiful natural reminded of Jesus Christ but also supports the presents of Christians in the land of Christ.
So I ended up giving the My Caring Cross to a really good friends of ours and he loved the history behind the cross and what it would mean for him. He told me that it was the perfect size for him to be able to carry around for him whether he is at home or in his car. I am going to be purchasing more of these crosses for some of my dear friends for Christmas and I just know that they will love them too.
My Caring Cross can be purchased individually, in sets for gifts at church or even be purchased for fundraising too.
My caring crosses can also be purchased on Amazon & Ebay.
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