Coming to the water!
Coming to the water? Can you imagine how John felt when Jesus asked him to baptise him? Here was the man sent to lead us to heaven asking one of us fallen ones to lead him by example!
The good people of Victoria, Kansas have this lovely statue giving us a look into that moment of service. What I enjoy the most about these statues is the ability to walk around, below and above a scene. When I remember or read the story of John the Baptist and then view this statue, I feel that I am starting to live the moment. I find it easier to put myself in the scene, watching the interplay of these two great men…the great prophet and the one he was to announce at the River Jordan.
As with all things spiritual and artistic, the moment it clicks comes not from reading the story but rather from the moment it touches your personal soul. Maybe your mind can grasp it from the words, maybe a picture might make it stick…or just maybe this three dimensional image puts these two men into our lives with the same power those people at the river bank received. As fellow Christians we must all help each generation find the path that will connect them to Christ. There is no right or wrong way…there is just the way it clicks.
P.S. I forgot the Holy Spirit dropped down and added an audio dimension to the story the statue does not..but hey we can add that today when join the chorus to sing our praises to God on high!
Spires draw you up to God
Vertical elements in churches main function it to have you look up, hopefully towards where we perceive heaven to be. This is a reflection of our natural tendencies. I have yet to find a culture where when they are happy they look down, or when in a defeated stance look up.
Each stone you see weighs 50 to 100 pounds. Estimates say they moved over 125,000 cubic feet of rock. Some fathers and grown sons hauled as many as 70-80 loads of stone to help raise this from the ground. By the way…no automatic lifts or power tools!
PS All the info is coming from the parish information sheet…check out their website at www.stfedelischurch.com
Photographs are a snapshot of our memories…the question is where should they be be? On your smartphone or in print?
I must say prints are the best in terms of long term since they are tangible.
Digital is the best for sharing in the here and now.
Like everything in life you should use the best medium for your purposes!
Here is the joy of a boy with his Grand Dad cruising the lake. I will print it for me…but display it here to share.
I wonder what you may think on the topic!
PS A little Fujifilm X-20 shooting away having a lot of fun!
This is where Wiley Coyote Got off
Did you grow up on Road Runner and Wiley Coyote cartoons? If not your missing a little bit of modern education.
This site at the top of Pike’s Peak seemed to be the inspiration of all those falls Wiley Coyote took…Track runs all the way up to the edge and then…well it is a 2,000 foot drop. Good for getting home in a hurry if you are not worried about arriving in one piece.
It was a fun part of the trip. Everyone had to remember to work a little slower because it was not hard to get light headed up there in the thin air of 14,000 feet.
P.S. Mr. Fuji made this trip up the hill. A nice story teller told me once that if you can get an interesting angle, like the top shot that can be the grabber. The second shot finishes the story you wanted to tell. So depending on the purpose of your post, share either one or both. I thought both would work better on this little story of our trip.