Monday, December 7, 2020

Cologne Cathedral

 Cologne Cathedral

Cologne, Germany

In May of 2017 we enjoyed two amazing weeks on a Viking River Cruise traveling from Amsterdam to Budapest... a trip of a lifetime.  Seeing countless Cathedrals and Castles along the way, this was one of my favorites.  It was not until I got back home and did a little research that I really appreciated it's history.  Construction began in 1248, but was halted in 1560...   that's 312 years!  Take that in!  Work began again in the 1840's and completed a short 40 years later in 1880.  Oh, if walls could talk!

We have become so used to having instant gratification that it is hard for me to wrap my mind around 633 years from laying the first cornerstone until sitting in a pew to worship.   2020 has been a crazy year... it feels like forever since we've gathered with our loved ones and friends.  We have missed celebrating weddings together or mourning our loved ones at a funeral, or maybe it's just the opportunity to sit in our favorite pew at church.  But this too shall pass and with perspective we will be able to look back and see God's hand in our lives during this time.   
I hope and pray it will not take 633 years!


But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

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