Workers were cutting down a 39-year-old drought-stricken pine tree outside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Modesto two weeks ago when one of them noticed what looked like a cross in one section of the log. They called church member Jim Bland who saved the section and put a protective shellack coating over it. It’s currently on display in the church foyer, though they may move it outside near a large church bell so anyone can see it anytime. While everyone agrees it looks like a cross, Bland’s grandson viewed it a little differently. “It’s not just a cross, Grandpa,” he said, “it’s Jesus on the cross.” There’s no word on whether the workers used a rip saw or a cross cut when taking down the tree.
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