Sunday, March 2, 2014

Two Crosses from the Holy Land


Could we with ink, the oceans fill,
and were the skies of parchment made.



Were every stalk on earth a quill,
and every man a scribe by trade;


to write the love of God above
would drain the oceans dry;
nor could the scroll contain the whole
though stretched from sky to sky.

Part of an ancient Jewish Poem and also in a Hymn 
by Frederick M. Lehman


Both crosses are made from Olive Wood and came from Jerusalem. Many years ago 2 friends visited the Holy Land and brought them to me.

Link to Olive wood from Jerusalem


33 comments:

Rebecca said...

I love the creativity you applied to taking these photo. Usually I like simple better, but in this case I like the more ornate cross.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

I enjoyed both .

GOOSE said...

Love the poem. And the crosses are beautiful. MOM has one from there too. Butt it looks different.
Blessings,
Goose

Madi and Mom said...

Sandra what a beautiful post!
Hugs
Cecilia

Montanagirl said...

I really like the photos you took of the two crosses. You were experimenting with settings?? Just lovely.

TexWisGirl said...

they're beautiful.

Inger said...

A beautiful post for a Sunday morning. Thank you for sharing your treasures. And the prayer.

Blackberry Lane said...

Very beautiful.

Nava said...

Beautiful---and loved the poem!!

Betty Manousos said...

i did enjoyed your post/photos, sandra. such gorgeous shots. that second one from the bottom is a piece of artwork.
beautiful crosses too.

S. Etole said...

The beads on the one are intriguing. Are they carved too or are they some type of pod?

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

These are beautiful crosses and words as well, Sandra.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They are so pretty and how blessed you are to have them.

Stacey Dawn said...

What a beautiful cross - and great images of it. I would love to go to The Holy Land.... maybe one day!

DawnTreader said...

I have a cross from the Holy Land rather similar to the second one, but without the chain of beads. Mine is on a simple leather strap the same colour as the cross. (I got it from a friend coming back from a visit there many years ago.)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

They are beautiful and so is the poem. I'd love to see the Holy Land, that would be awesome.

Betsy Adams said...

Very beautiful --and I'm sure they are extremely special to you... Love that last photo the best....

Hugs,
Betsy

Ann said...

Not only are the crosses beautiful but so are the pictures.

EG CameraGirl said...

The crosses are gorgeous in olive wood!

Linda said...

Beautiful - poem and crosses!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The crosses are lovely and I have always loved that song.

DeniseinVA said...

Lovely post, the crosses are beautiful in their simplicity. I once had a dear friend long since gone who had an audience with the Pope, and shared rosary beads that had been blessed by him. The story was a lovely memory and it's been a long time since I visited that memory, so thank you for reminding me.

LC said...

Special gifts,photos and words. We came back with an olive wood nativity set. Now our youngest grandchildren spend quite a bit of time rearranging the figures during Christmas season visits.

Angela said...

They are both so beautiful! I've never been to Jerusalem. I really don't have a desire to go there or any other country. I know that sounds crazy but that is just how I am.

SquirrelQueen said...

Both of the crosses are beautiful and I love your photos of them. The reflections and lighting are awesome.

Miss Debbie said...

I have some Christmas ornaments from Jerusalem that a missionary friend brought home many years ago, too. The crosses are lovely!

George said...

Both of these crosses are beautiful. What a special gift.

Rose said...

Beautiful, Sandra.

Chatty Crone said...

Those crosses were just beautiful!

And that poem was really pretty too.

photowannabe said...

One of my favorite songs.
Hubby and I have sung this as a duet.
I wish I had bought some Olive wood crosses when I was in Israel.

I didn't realize that the song was a poem too.

Dee said...

Beautiful post...and the last picture of the cross is.....welll...it is great!!!!

Susannah said...

Your crosses are stunningly beautiful. I am sure you will have them for years to come. They are very precious.

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

As is always typical of your style you create art not just photos. Truly stunning.