We recently spent a couple of days on vacation in New York City. It’s fascinating to walk the streets and avenues.
You see an eclectic mix of buildings and architecture.
After our breakfast of an “everything” bagel with cream cheese (Andee had lox on hers) we headed up 50th Street to Madison Avenue, where Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has stood since 1879.
Its gothic revival architecture provides a sharp contrast to the modern buildings all around.
One of New York’s taller buildings in its day, the 328 foot spire is dwarfed by the many skyscrapers that sketch the New York skyline today.
I hardly knew we had arrived as we wove our way, along the sidewalk, through a maze of scaffolding which envelopes the entire structure. I guess the recent 5.8 magnitude east coast earthquake has rattled authorities to require retrofitting these venerable edifices.
Finally we escaped inside through the massive arched entry. We were transported back a hundred and thirty years in time. We marveled at the lattices and doors carved by skilled hands that long ago ceased their work. Marble floors trod by generations of souls seeking God. Volumes of quiet space as the arched ceilings draw your eyes toward heaven.
Then as if on cue, the ancient pipe organ came to life and began to breathe its deep resonant tones until every nook and cranny was filled with worship. I hadn’t even noticed the worshippers in the pews until they began to sing praises to the Lord. I don’t know why it surprised me that the church was being used for the purpose it was created.
The bible says though our outward man is perishing, our inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Cor 4:16).
I woke today with some aches and pains and realized I’m a lot like the cathedral. I continually need repairs. So if I notice a little scaffolding around my life, I’ll know that God’s at work and I still have days ahead to do what I was created to do. Worship him.
September 20, 2012 at 7:48 am
❤ I love this. I'll pray the repairs are done soon, though 🙂
September 20, 2012 at 9:04 am
Interesting – I was there in 1948 with my folks, took Gripsholm ship out of NYC for 14 day trip across ‘all that deep water’ landing in Goteborg,Sweden. Then spent 3 months all over Scandinavia visiting relatives & sightseeing! My Dad had hired man who took over 35 acres of apples etc. while we were gone. Dad took our 46 Pontiac along on ship & left it there for his brothers.
So, while in NYC, I saw many historical sights & enjoyed an adventure which I will always remember, even if I was only 13!! I’m so very glad you two had such a GREAT “time away” on your adventure.
September 20, 2012 at 10:48 am
I enjoyed reading this and getting to see the awesome pictures was such a neat bonus! John great “moral” to your story and much to ponder! Thanks!
September 26, 2012 at 8:11 am
Great blog! So very true.