In ministry, many people say (quoting, I believe, Woody Allen) that just showing up is 90% of the work. Ten percent is what we bring in person, talent and spiritual gifts. One hundred percent is covered by God's grace. Regarding the container (the church buildings so wonderfully expressed in Tuscany), the structure is limited by its physical boundaries but it is also enhanced by beautiful images held in frescos and stained glass, statues and directional architecture. This container made sacred (by worship and prayer) is a place that transends infinate space and time. The container may capture human logic but its existence reminds and/or reveals to the visitor of what was, what is and what will be. The message transcends the institution. What a blessing for you who "showed up."
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