I built a wooden cross for our church several years ago. Recently, after much use, it came apart and needed to be repaired.

I decided an inlay accent in the center would be a nice highlight and would serve to strengthen the cross as well.

I wanted the inlay to reflect the multicultural, African-American focus of our congregation so I chose wenge, a lovely dark wood from Central Africa as the focal point surrounded by a multicolored band, another of wenge, then finally one of padauk, a reddish wood (also from Africa) to match the tone of the cross.

What a deeply spiritual and contemplative experience it was for me to repair this cross and add inlay that reflects the beautiful colors of God’s people.