A Different Way of Seeing, A Different Way of Being

[Handrail detail, Christ Church Parish, Plymouth, Massachusetts]

A fresh set of eyes and a beginner’s mind find a whole world of wonder and meaning in the very things that most people take no notice of. I’ve run my hand along the rail for years without really seeing its beautifully carved detail. It’s only because I’m working on a “find the image in the sanctuary” game as a way for children of all ages to learn more about their faith that I’ve managed to see what has been in plain sight all these years.

The beauty of the sanctuary as a whole can obscure the details – symbols, words, and colors that tell the story of Christian faith lived in a particular time and place but also taking part in the much larger world of faith. Too much focus on one or two details runs the risk of losing the larger picture. Big picture or small detail: God can draw my spirit into loving communion either way.

One of the blessings of 2020: beauty prayerfully made that deepens faith.

2 thoughts on “A Different Way of Seeing, A Different Way of Being

  1. Been to CC lots of times over the years and never noticed this beautiful detail. How much can be missed—we do indeed pay when we fail to pay attention, n’est ce pas?
    Thanks, Johnna.

    1. There’s so much to see in sanctuaries – I’m sure I missed many details at Saint John’s as well! peace, Johnna

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