Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Historic churches

For some reason, I just love historic churches. I can't get enough of them. Every time I see one, no matter where I am or who I'm with, I have to stop and get a closer look. Those little whitewashed one-room buildings make my heart swell.

Can't you just picture all of the families that have passed through those doors over the years? Kids running around, babies crying, mothers hushing their young ones, fathers feeling uneasy in their ties. 

Lots of laughter, disclosure, awakening. Intimate conversations focused on growth and awareness, understanding and faith. 

Filling up that single room with so much love and joyfulness that it's bursting through the wooden doors and flowing out of the lead-glass windows.

These churches just seem so personal.

It's been said that the Greek god Apollo had the phrases "Know thyself" and "Nothing in excess" engraved on his temple at Delphi. I have a feeling that he would have approved of these tiny churches. :-) 

Lately, it seems like churches keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger. And while it's wonderful that they are so accepting and inviting, at the same time I feel they have lost their intimacy, their closeness.

Maybe that's why I picked a single-room church for my wedding ceremony. 

Delicate. Simple. Gorgeous. It really doesn't get much better than that.

I'm linking this post up to Maxabella Loves. 


Maxabella said...

I have never stopped to think about this, Michelle, but I found your post so thought-provoking. Yes, I agree!

It's nice to see a new Grateful face today. I love that pic in your blog header, it's just so sweet!

Link up with us again soon. Don't forget to link back to me in your post and it's always nice if the word 'grateful' features somewhere! x

Anonymous said...

Lovely post. I could feel your faith in these words. I guess churches have joined the rest of the world - everything is bigger, newer and the sense of closeness and community is fading.
These old churches are just beautiful, and you describe their character so well.
Visiting you from The Fibro.

Michelle Porth said...

Thanks Maxabella! I'm working on linking back to you right this moment :) I tried to copy and past the I'm Grateful Button, but it's not working... Hmm.

therhythmmethod: Thanks for stopping by and appreciating historic churches with me! I truly do love them, and all that they represent in my mind.

B said...

This was my first blog hop with Maxabella too. I struggled with the link back til I read the small print that says make sure you are editing in html mode, once I did that it was easy peasy.

Hope this helps.

Really enjoyed your pictures, they were very picturesque :)

Renee said...

I love churches with history - that was exactly how I chose the church we got married in - it felt so special and intimate and full of 'moments'. Lovely post xx

Michelle Porth said...

B: Thanks so much! That helped a lot! All I kept seeing was the HTML... but of course, I wasn't editing in HTML mode :)

Renee: Thanks for stopping by and sharing in the delight of historic churches.

allison tait said...

Oh, I'm just in love with both of those churches. Simply divine. What a wonderful thing to be married in such a beautiful place.

Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro!