March 22, 2017

Two Hours in Georgia

1848- Zion Episcopal Church- Talbotton, Georgia
It's Spring Break! Our usual packed and productive schedule has been replaced with a week of savoring coffee and conversation. The kids and I caught up with Julia in Pine Mountain, Georgia, where she is completing a gap year at Impact360 Institute. On our way home, I stopped at several beautiful churches to snap a picture. I prayed for our family and our nation as I drove. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of time to take the long way home. The kids were tolerant and patient with me, but I was definitely experiencing this architectural appreciation adventure on my own.

Winding through beautiful farmland, passing orchards and grazing horses, and praying for the families that work their land while we live in the suburbs of the big city and eat fresh produce everyday, my soul* was refreshed. *The soul is the mind, will and emotions of a person.

It is easy to panic as we look at conflict and persecution in the communities of our nation. Spending two hours in Georgia calmed me like nothing else I have tried. I could almost hear these congregations singing: Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. (Edward Mote, 1834)

These three different, but all beautiful, architectural styles of churches reflect the body of Christ. Our worship songs, our buildings, and our dress codes may vary, but the God we serve is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is our Rock, our Cornerstone, and our Foundation. We are His church.

Isaiah 28:16 : So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.
First Baptist Church - Reynolds, Georgia

Reynolds United Methodist Church