Fort Mill, SC
Three Crosses On The Farm
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"Three Wooden Crosses" is the title of a song written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson, and recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Randy Travis. It was released in November 2002 from his album, Rise and Shine. The song became Travis' sixteenth Number One single, and his first since "Whisper My Name" in 1994. In addition, it was named Song of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2003 and won a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association as Country Song of the Year in 2004.Throughout the song there is mention of "three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway." This is a dual reference to roadside memorials and to crosses that, in 1984, funded by Reverend Bernard Coffindaffer, began appearing on the sides of highways across the country. These crosses stand in the traditional Christian formation of a tall cross in the middle and two slightly shorter crosses on each side representing the Crucifixion of Jesus.
I was in West Virginia when I took this photograph. It is my understanding that West Virginia has more of these crosses than any other state, Mr. Coffindaffer who died in 1993 said he built 1,842 cross clusters in 29 states, the Philippines and Zambia. The first trio of crosses, which stood 25 feet high, was erected in 1984 about 65 miles north of Charleston, West Virginia. Coffindaffer started the project on September 28, 1984, stating, "Not for saints or sinners. For everybody. They're up for only one sole reason, and that's this: to remind people that Jesus was crucified on a Cross at Calvary for our sins and that He Is soon coming again. That's what jars, but that's the truth. When you say, For our sins, half the people run. When you say, "He's coming again", everybody runs." "And, maybe," he said, "the Crosses will make one person stop and think."
March 6th, 2014
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