Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Comfort Cross ~ A Review and Giveaway ~ Two winners ends 4/14

The Comfort Cross is made from a single piece of olive wood that has been pruned from one of the Olive trees around Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.  Hand carved by local Christian artisans, a Comfort Cross measures about 4 inches by 2.5 inches, and is about half an inch thick.  It is designed to fit comfortably  in the palm of the hand.  It is smooth to the touch and the edges are rounded making it perfect for keeping the focus on prayer and meditation, or simply to clasp onto to calm anxiety, fear or frustration.

I love the beautiful Olive wood for both its symbolism and its beauty.  The Olive tree or branch is mentioned so often in the Bible, and has also provided (and continues to provide) so much.   Food, oil for lamps, cooking, anointing, as well as beautiful, hard timber.  these evergreens can live for thousands of years.  The leaves have been used to crown Olympic victors.

"The wood is from the tree of life, those who embrace her;
those who lay hold of her will be blessed."
Proverbs 3:18
For hundreds of years, Christians have been creating these beautiful pieces with their own hands as keepsakes for pilgrims and visitors to bring home from their visits to the Holy Land. They have used the proceeds to support their families and the Christian community.

Unfortunately, with the decline in tourism to Bethlehem, these artisans are now struggling.  The mission of the MyComfortCross.com website is to help them continue with their work by creating an internet market for their wares.
  • All Comfort Crosses are imported directly from the Holy Land.
  • Craftsman are paid a fair price
  • Craftsman are Christian and money helps the Christian Community.
  • Designed specifically to fit perfectly into your hand.
  • Each cross comes in its own gift bag, with a small prayer card.

This is the one I received.  The card says, "When I am afraid, I will trust in you." Psalm 56:3 There is an area inside to write on if you plan to give the cross as a gift, along with some information about the origin.

If you would like to order your own Comfort Crosses, you can buy directly from the website. An individual Cross, is $6.00, or you can buy two for$11.00.  A mission Pack of ten crosses is $40.00.

The site also has special offers for fundraising, and church discounts for bulk orders.  What a great way to encourage  members, or to raise money.  Some suggestions for ways churches could use Comfort Crosses include:
  • When visiting the sick in hospital.
  • When sharing the life of your Church with visitors and new members.
  • When on outreach and mission trips.
  • When introducing a child through baptism, or confirmation.
  • When young minds want to connect with faith.
  • When friends have lost their way from the word.
  • When a family experiences loss.
  • When a young adult gets called to duty.
Find comfort Crosses on the web at www.mycomfortcross.com  www.mycaringcross.com or on Facebook.

I love my Comfort Cross, and plan to order more.  I'm also hosting a giveaway.  Thanks to the generosity of MyComfortCross two of my readers will win a Comfort Cross of their own.

There are two Mandatory Entry Methods (please leave a separate comment for each)
    [Giveaway Closed]
Good luck


Edited to make note that "My comfort Cross" is now called "My Caring Cross"

**I was given a comfort cross for the purpose of writing this informed blogged review.  I was not compensated, and my opinions are my own.