Another early morning, God, with the smell of coffee permeating the air. This image of stained glass came as part of an email yesterday and it brought back wonderful memories of the stained glass in my childhood as an Episcopalian . . . and of the stained glass in cathedrals.
Of course, stained glass depends upon Your Light pouring through it. I guess it is our attempt to replicate the beauty of light pouring through green leaves or the orange and red leaves of maples in the fall.
I had always wondered WHY the protestants (except for Episcopalians) did away with stained glass — until this morning when I realized IT WAS THE MONEY! It was rejecting WEALTH as necessary to WORSHIP. It was, I guess, part of a class war. A desire to reclaim THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS as opposed to an aristocracy of people superior by birth — and power/wealth.
Interesting how stained glass got thrown out with the church of the ruling class. Haves and Have Nots. You show a clear preference for the Have Nots, God. And, now, the ruined churches in France appear in my mind — torn stone from stone by angry Have Nots in the French Revolution.
Ahaaa, sigh. Now You are reminding me of how quickly and easily the Have Nots turn INTO The HAVES. It isn’t about money. It is about The Heart. Our HEARTS. Help us with our Hearts, O God!