4 Practical Practices with the Pocket Cross

Easter season is approaching and so is the pandemonium of holiday preparation, family gatherings and maintaining your sanity in the midst of it all. Perhaps it is precisely in this season that we can also take the time to dive a bit deeper into the underlying purpose of Easter. At times, a small, practical reminder for the season is greatly helpful. In order to engage with this time leading up to Christ’s death and resurrection and the impact it has on our lives, we’ve developed an idea in hopes that you’ll join us!

WE'RE GIVING OUT FREE POCKET CROSSES

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This year we are offering FREE crosses to everyone. Each of them is made by a Palestinian Christian using locally grown olive wood. It’s designed to fit in the palm of your hand so that you can hold on to it during prayers, or keep it in your pocket as a comfortable reminder of God’s presence and resurrection. Watch this video to meet the artisans who make the crosses.

Here are 4 practical and powerful things you could do with your pocket cross:

1) PRAYER FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

Perhaps one of the most practical disciplines to engage with the pocket cross is prayer for persecuted Christians. The cross itself, having been carved from olive wood by Palestinian Christians, serves as a multi-faceted reminder of the good news and peace of Jesus’ Kingdom in the symbolic olive wood, but also the harsh realities faced by humanity today in pain and suffering, which is the cross. As you hold the pocket cross in your hand, remember those around the world suffering for their faith in Jesus. Further, lift up the needs of those that we know suffer around the world due to injustice, oppression and corruption. Keep it on your bedside table or near the place where you do devotionals, and before going to bed, or just after waking, offer up your petitions to God on behalf of our brothers and sisters around the world.

2) TECHNOLOGY SABBATH

Replace your smartphone with a cross. With technology that is able to instantly gratify much of what we desire, a practical use of the pocket cross as a replacement for your smartphone one day a week may help to re-center your thinking and living. Carry your small pocket cross with you in place of your phone and use it as a reminder during this season of Lent. In removing that which is able to instantly connect us to the rest of the world—anything we might need/desire as well as provide entertainment—the cross in its place will remind us of the one thing we truly need, Jesus. Perhaps this kind of intentionality will lead to a more deeply awakened part of our hearts as we seek to further know and follow Him.

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3) SHARING THE GOSPEL

Give one of these crosses to a friend. Though small and perhaps seemingly insignificant, telling the story of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God through this little wooden cross could be far more impactful than we realize.  Consider gifting the pocket cross to a friend and sharing how your journey with God has led you to the cross, and the life you have received because of it.

4) SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS FOR EASTER

As a pastor or someone who is helping to facilitate services around this season, consider inviting your church to join this Lenten time of reflection and prayer by gifting pocket crosses to your congregation. Reflect on this season leading up to Easter as a congregation! Together you can share in this meaningful practice of prayer and preparation.

HOLD FAST

As a pastor or someone who is helping to facilitate services around this season, consider inviting your church to join this Lenten time of reflection and prayer by gifting pocket crosses to your congregation. Reflect on this season leading up to Easter as a congregation! Together you can share in this meaningful practice of prayer and preparation.

Kamila Gerasim

Kamila is volunteering full-time with Bethlehem Bible College in the Communications Department. In addition to her love for writing and sharing stories, her endeavors in Bethlehem and greater Palestine involve facilitating cultural immersion programs for young adults from North America to see first-hand the realities that those living here encounter. At times deemed the “eternal optimist,” Kamila holds fast to the future hope of restoration and reconciliation of all things back to God. When she’s not writing, or organizing trips, you’ll catch her training and competing with the Ultimate Palestine frisbee team.