Friday, March 25, 2016

Skywatch Friday

All Prayed Up

I have a personal, unwritten rule. When the sky is crystal clear, put something interesting in the foreground. I like photographing old barns, but I love photographing old churches and I don't do it nearly often enough. Small rural churches are a testimony to the faith of the surrounding community. Some of these structures have been surrounded by growth and progress. Others stand tall in the midst of family farms, and like those families, have stood the test of time. Family history has been written in these churches. Children and adults have been baptized here. Fathers have given away brides here and mothers have watched their sons bring a new woman into his life. Children have mourned the loss of their parents here and wives have said their last good-bye to their life long partner here. Communities have gathered in this building to pray for an end to drought and war. They have prayed for strength, perseverance, courage, mercy, grace and love. Generations have celebrated Christmas and Easter services with family and friends. I love old churches because they remind me of a simpler time and just how simple the message of our Savior really is. Have a blessed day.


  1. I remember that simpler time too. There wasn't all the hate that seems to permeate everything either.

    Have a blessed Easter my friend. ☺

  2. You mentioned this in your commentary..."Others stand tall in the midst of family farms, and like those families, have stood the test of time." That is something I like very much....shows strength in the community values.

    Love this photo.

  3. Wonderful words about old churches! I am also with you in prayer for our most helpless unborn.
    Happy Easter!

  4. Well said Driller. My family church in South Dakota is stil on a dirt road and still doesn't have indoor plumbing. The land was donated by my Great Great Grandfather to start a Danish Baptist Church. They emigrated because of religious persecution back in Denmark. Nobody in the family is a member any longer but the church honors us the Sunday of our family reunion in August.