This processional cross gifted to the
Southeastern District of the LCMS
is crafted in memorial of the Christian brothers
and sisters of Iraq and Syria that died
for their confession that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God,
the Lamb of God that takes away
the sin of the world.
The materials were donated
by Dr. Benjamin Harrison Allen.
The white oak, black walnut,
and wild cherry trees grew on his property
for just over 75 years.
Three types of wood were used to symbolize
the three regions of the Southeastern District:
Northern, Central and Southern.
When studied closely, each type of wood
forms a distinct cross, and yet,
when viewed from a distance,
the three form but one cross.
Each region of our district serves communities
and neighborhoods deeply influenced
by their histories and the many cultural traditions
that settled and are continuing to settle there.
Yet, our mission is one:
Proclaim the love of God that expressed itself
most profoundly in the cross that Jesus Christ
bore and sacrificed His holy life upon
2000 years ago.
This cross was created by Rev. Denton White,
the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church,
Whispering Pines NC and
St. James, Southern Pines, NC.
He has given all of us in the Southeastern District
the processional cross used to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our District.
He found the trees, shaped the lumber,
designed and made the cross.
We give thanks to God for Denton
and his amazing artistic ability and the way
he as used it to give honor and glory to Jesus.
“I was almost complete with the finishing process
when I noticed that the cherry wood
I used on the outer edge,
because of its irregular grain,
almost resembled flames.
Oh, may our God make us burn with desire
for His cause in the lives of others
and with sincere, child-simple love for Him.”
Part of the Celebration for the 75th Anniversary
for the Southeastern District- Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Praise the Lord!