I read an article recently in the Wall Street Journal about churches in Europe that are for sale. One church that was featured in the article had been turned into an indoor skate park. Statues of Saints silently watch the skaters and the park manager wonders how long they will be able to afford the rent.
It startled me, but of course, it should not have. We have the same problems here. Church is less important than it once was and our little churches struggle with finances. There are too many churches, I suppose. However, on this night, at this church, with nobody else around, everything was perfect.
Today wherever you are:
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you, May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Number 6:24-26 from the Bible.
The Farmer Fred Award for August 2014 is presented to:
Ottawa at Sunset
Originally published on August 22, 2014
I came to check the sunflowers.
They were near Ottawa Church.
The combination was irresistible.
The gate was open.
Their mission is clear.
The evening was reverent.
The sun was leaving me too soon.
The church stood solid as the sun set, just as it has tens of thousands of days before this beautiful sunset.
I have photographed Ottawa before, later in the season means the sun is in a different spot on the horizon, but the church stood just as strong.
The bell, on that night nearly five years ago, was showing its age. It had been removed from the steeple.
Now the bell is properly mounted and refurbished.
The flag waves over the cemetery. There are Veterans here, and citizens, and others. All is quiet on this tiny piece of the plains.
As another day ends in GriggsDakota.