Contributed by Erwin E. Towne
The large granite stone rested one foot underground in a farm field. It had remained since the Ice Age hidden from sight along a boundary line, until the day it broke a farmer’s plow. The stone sat upright in the ground as shown in the picture above. After hand digging and hoisting by ropes with the tractor, it lay on its back, facing up. After the rain cleaned the stone, I went for a walk one morning and saw in the stone the face of Christ for the first time.
THE ROCK AS YOU SEE IT
The rock is blue granite and is not from the Central Illinois area. According to geologists it was formed in Ontario, Canada. The ice flow moved it south at a speed of one inch per year.
Note the striations in the rock. It has it all to portray the face of Christ and the bottom is flat so it can stand by itself. All markings on the face are only on one side but the crown of thorns goes all around the entire rock. On the back is also a hole where the plow hit it.
Jesus Christ died for our sins but was raised from the dead to give us life eternal. He is alive in heaven and He is coming back soon. Are you ready for Him now?
Erwin E. Towne
[After seeing a representation of the face of Christ, Mr. Towne moved The Granite Crucifix to the garden of his Old Towne Grove Wedding Chapel in Groveland, Illinois. The Chapel is open to the public for visits and available for weddings and private rental. Contact Mr. Towne at 309-387-6375 for rates and additional information.]