Good Morning, Good Afternoon or even Good Evening. I don't care what time you stopped by, I'm just glad to have you here.
Do you remember what we talked about last week? Did you think about looking around and seeing things from a new point of view, maybe with a new attitude? I'd love to hear about it if you did.
WARNING: This is long (aren't they usually) and lots of pictures.
Saturday afternoon I had to go downtown. In Jacksonville downtown is pretty much shut down on the weekends. It's not like other metropolitan cities such as downtown Seattle and San Francisco. What a perfect time to ride by a church I've noticed several times. The architecture is incredible and whenever I passed it the detail always caught my eye. So I stopped and took several pictures. I'm sure I could have gotten some better photos but it's not very safe for a woman to be out there by herself. My old age must be finally taking hold, I can remember when I would have never worried about things like that - ahhhh' wisdom. The only ones around are the homeless or mentally disabled (mumbling and such) or some unsavory characters. Now don't get me wrong. I would never be unpleasant to anyone anywhere and my heart goes out to them but you do have to consider safety these days. So I only took pictures that I could get by staying in the car.
While taking my tourist photos I couldn't help but be in awe of the amazing craftsmanship of this cathedral. By the way this is the only cathedral in Jacksonville. Looking at it I thought I could almost be in another country. This is so old and beautiful like the pictures I've seen of buildings in other countries. I can't begin to imagine the creativity of someone to imagine this and design it. And what about the men who carved these stone pieces and the men who carved the wood? What about the stain glass artisans? This is only the outside. Take a look at these beautiful Celtic crosses with all their adornment. I don't know much about the Episcople faith so forgive me if these that name isn't correct. I wish I had a zoom lens that would have gotten closer views. BTW - Look at those gorgeous blue skies. We had such a pretty weekend. I love this time of year when the blue is so deep and bold. Once the real heat comes everything gets kinda gray and washed out. Today and yesterday was just beautiful.
What did these men think as they spent countless hours laying these stones, installing these windows, carving the magnificent woodwork? Did they feel Gods touch? Certainly the hands of God lead them, steadied their hands, used them in an extraordinary manner. Only a higher power, GOD could have given man the imagination and talent, the drive and wherewithal. Only our LORD could have given man the driving passion to create beauty, beauty like this.
That thought led me to think about that burning desire to create. I believe all of us in blogland experience this in someway. The feeling to create whether it be in storytelling, crafting in an enormous number of different ways, or even in creating a blog itself just so you could touch other people, perhaps even help other people. God gave us a desire to seek others, to be a part of more than ourselves.
I came home and searched for a brief history about this very old church. I've included some of what I found below in case you might like to read it.
I wish all of you a blessed and wonderful week. Enjoy every moment of everyday and see God's grace everywhere you look.
I love ya'll.....Tracy :)
The Great Fire of 1901 was one of the worst disasters in
Around noon of Friday, May 3, 1901, a spark from a kitchen fire during the lunch hour at a mattress factory set mattresses filled with Spanish moss on fire at the factory, located in an area now known as LaVilla. The fire was soon discovered and it was thought they could put it out with only a few buckets of water. Consequently an alarm was not turned on until it had gone beyond their control.
The fire swept through 146 city blocks, destroyed over 2,368 buildings, and left almost 10,000 people homeless all in the course of eight hours. It is said the glow from the flames could be seen in
Florida Governor William S. Jennings declared a state of martial law in
The 1877 sanctuary was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1901, and the congregation again called on the architect Edward Potter, then with the firm of Snelling and Potter, to design a new church. Built on the foundation of the former church building and dramatically sited with an unbroken vista at the summit of
The exterior is faced with