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.

In Remembrance of Me – Deeper Gratitude

I watched a dance yesterday morning – a ballet.  Sitting far back in the church with some visitors, I looked up from the hymnal to see the apse and sanctuary space.  The clergy and acolytes were preparing the Eucharist.  I watched in awe their graceful movements.  Their care, their purposefulness, their cooperation with each other created a majestic choreography lifting me into the reality of what Jesus did on the cross. My internal gratitude to our Lord was more heartfelt than ever before. As I write this late at night, I am still humbled by the ‘dance’ of the Eucharist.  Again, My Lord…..Thank You.