These Pocket Cross of Comfort, Polished Plum Wood are perfectly designed to be carried with you throughout the day, a reminder of God’s nearness and of the solace and wisdom of prayer that is available at any moment during the day. With its pleasing curves and polished plum wood, this holding cross is a perfect Christian gift for anyone who is seeking to deepen their prayer life through incessant prayer. Don’t leave home without one!
“Rejoice always, pray incessantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
God is Always Close at Hand
Keeping this holding cross at hand throughout the day is a source of comfort and strength; though we know full well that God is near us, within us and everywhere about us, there is something about having this cross as a tangible reminder of that closeness that is comforting. For anyone who struggles to find strength throughout the day, or who is seeking to cultivate awareness of the nearness of God, or who simply wishes for a physical reminder of God’s presence, this cross can be a truly transformative gift.
The Jesus Prayer
Paul’s exhortation to pray ceaselessly has been discussed by Christians for millenia. In the Eastern churches, the Philokalia (a compilation of monastic writings of Orthodox monks written between the 4th and 15th centuries) treats the topic at length.
The Way of the Pilgrim is a story from the 19th century of Russian peasant seeking the true meaning of Paul’s exhortation in Thessalonians to “pray incessantly”from various spiritual masters. The Jesus Prayer, which he learns, is widely used in the Eastern church, and is greatly aided through the use of a physical aid like this holding cross. In the Orthodox tradition, this prayer is repeated continually with the goal of attaining prayer of the heart.
The Jesus Prayer, as it is called, is quite simple, but full of profound meaning:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Give the gift of ceaseless prayer with this polished plum wood pocket cross.
This is a perfect Christian gift for anyone looking to expand his or her prayer life.