8/17/10

T is for Transcendent



Just yesterday we returned from Pennsylvania, where we were blessed with a new goddaughter. The church her family attends has recently been beautifully restored after a fire. The icons that cover the walls and ceiling of the church are wonderful and a great joy to see. Being a very visual person, one of the things that drew me to the Orthodox Christian faith was its embrace of the visual and multi-sensory (a nicely holistic approach to worship), its use of icons to remind us of Christ's life and the lives of those believers before us. I love that when I enter an Orthodox church, I know I am in a church and that I am there to worship God; countless visual reminders help me focus on this fact. Some moments are truly transcendent.
Stash Moroccan green mint and Raspberry Zinger were the teas I enjoyed when not at church! They were a nice change. Of course, not much time was spent sipping tea on this trip. My husband spent quite a bit of time folding paper airplanes for our godkids to throw across the room, and we also spent time drawing and doing a little art project. The weather was delightfully cool compared to Houston. You can find more Tea Tuesday participants here.

10 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful tea post! loved your photos!

*jean* said...

beautiful!! and congratulations on your new blessing...

Kimmie said...

beautiful beautiful church!
I totally get what you mean about the visual thing .... sometimes it can be as simple as a sunset .... other times it can be as complex and majestic as a church or a piece of music like a requiem .... God is happy to use it all to set our thoughts on Him :)

Mimi said...

Congratulations on your new Goddaughter! Many Years to the Newly Illumined, and she is well served in the Godmother department!

Beautiful photos, I remember hearing of their fire.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've had the worst luck trying to leave you a message. This is my third try. What a wonderful church. Sounds like your husband had fun making paper airplanes for the grand children.

elizabeth said...

how exciting! congrads on new godchildren!! and gasp, what a beautiful church!!

Ann Nichols said...

Oh, what a lovely church! I so agree about the icons. When my mind wanders in church - which I admit it sometimes does! - the icons remind me of those in heaven worshiping God before His very throne! That quickly bring me back to the Godly "business" at hand!
Ann

Rebeca said...

You've sure been on the go! Lovely pics, as always!

Michelle M. said...

How beautiful! The icons are stunning. May years to you and your godchild.

Pres. Kathy said...

Love the pictures! Congratulations on being a godmother!