Stained Glass and Our Hearts

stained glass

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!

Story teller,

Posted in beauty, Having the Heart of a Have Not?, Light, Light shining through, Uncategorized
One comment on “Stained Glass and Our Hearts
  1. Great blog – thank you for sharing more about the spiritual and current needs of France.

    I just wanted to alert you and your readers to a prayer movement that’s been going on for the past dozen years or so led by the French ministry Objectif France. For the past three years, the campaign Pray for France (in English) has been translating their 21-day prayer guide with current prayer topics for each day. Pray for France allows English speakers to pray alongside their French brothers and sisters during the three weeks before Easter and it’s FREE for those who visit the website http://www.PrayforFrance.org and register… All the information is on the site…!

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