On the very same day it was built, the cross for the Chapel at The Glade was put in place.
The cross is not so large and heavy that one person cannot carry it. It’s not so light, however, that carrying it any far distance wouldn’t be a burden.
Sug and I lined it up parallel to the house at the bottom of the hill outside the Cottage. This spot will make it visible both from the house and the Cottage.
Sug dug a hole approximately 18 inches deep. Originally we were going to sink it 2 feet into the ground but changed our mind after seeing it standing. Six and a half feet can be seen above ground of the 8-foot cross.
When we stood it up in the hole we made sure it was level and plumb. I watched the level as Sug filled the hole in with soil.
I suggested we use 2 of Charlie’s pointed stakes on adjacent sides of the cross and at right angles to the post to help maintain the upright position.
Sug tamped the dirt all around the base and the cross was standing. We both noticed it was a humbling cross because both us whacked our heads on the yoke piece as we stood up reminding us to remain reverent.
Next step is to add some seating and plantings to finish the chapel atmosphere.
I have been planning a place for meditation at The Glade for a long time.
I just didn’t know what it should look like.
Then Sug told me about the cross building project she and other missionaries made on her last trip to Guatemala.
To start our cross we used two 4 by 4 pressure-treated timbers — one 8-feet long and the other cut to 4 feet. The plan was to sink two feet of the the 8-foot post into the ground so the ultimate height would only be 6 feet.
We decided to use a half lap joint where the two members came together. We avoided putting the joints is an area where there was a knot in the wood.
Sug used a back saw and chisel and hammer to cut out the section I had marked with pencil.
With a little tweaking the two pieces fit together well. Sug had read a lot of information about the actual proportions of the cross but in the end we actually just used our eye to “make it right”.
The crosspiece was mounted 2 feet from the top of the 8-foot post.
Then Sug drilled two holes at the joint and inserted galvanized hex bolts with washers on both sides of the wood and tightened nuts to hold it together.
Charlie and I have been working with our church choir for almost 8 years. Now we are leaving so I wanted a special gift to show them just how much they mean to us.
I found a beautiful description of a simple towel which reminds us how it can be used for service to another person. I wrapped this message in the towel.
I also wanted to encourage them and us continue to be salt and light in the world.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:13-14
I found a beautiful container of sea salt at Trader Joe’s that has a lighthouse on the package.
Also at Trader Joe’s I purchased a dark chocolate baton to remind them that this parting is “bittersweet” which happens to be the title of the song we’ll sing on Easter morning.
I wrapped everything up together.
I tucked in the chocolate baton and tied it with ribbon.
I’m planning to offer each choir member a small and hopefully useful gift from the basket.