The Sea Around Us

by Open Eyes

We recently sang a hymn:

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in his justice that is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior; there is healing in his blood.

We sang it daily using the 20th century tune, and it has lodged in my spirit. Living on the edge of the sea, I am touched by the hymn writer’s reference to the sea in expressing the nature of God. Another hymn, God is Working His Purpose Out, ends with the phrase “the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.” Ah, the sea. This photo views Rock Harbor and Cape Cod Bay from the top of our bell tower–showing the large glacial rock for which the harbor is  named. Our church floor mosaic uses this rock to express our monastic vow of stability to live here with my other vowed brothers and sisters in Christ for the rest of my days.

 

What’s Hidden Behind Such Beauty?

This week, one of the bulbs in the lighting system for the apse was out, so I had to get a ladder and swap out the dead bulb.   Above the Jerusalem stone and hidden to the eye while standing on the ground is a set of track lighting  which gives light to the apse mosaic above. Also hidden in this void are other unseen and rather plain items, such as: metal lath and metal fasteners, lots of concrete, screws, wires, shims, track for the lighting, and light fixtures. What I also “see”, are lots of hard work, sweat, faith and sacrifice that may never be seen on the outside.  But it can’t be discounted.  It provides strength to what is seen, and allows the beauty that comes through to be possible.

Docents: Tour Guides for the Church

To be a Docent in our Church is like sharing Christmas on every tour. When visitors come through the Church doors, and experience the mosaics, frescoes, sculpture, the organ. . . they receive a gift of the love of God in a deep way. Their surprise and wonder is a big gift in return.  Many times I have struggled through a hard day, and then find myself smiling with joy as I share the church with what were once strangers and have now become friends in Christ.