Monday, January 20, 2014

Of Letting Go & Holding On

In every town, I'm always fascinated with the old church buildings.  I perceive them as a place that holds so many memories;

worship, families, funerals, weddings, dinners, shared celebrations and heartaches.

My favorite quote from Downton Abbey this week:
"The business of life is the acquisition of memories, in the end that's all there is."
                                                            ~Mr. Carson

I wonder about the people in days gone by, with simpler lives, no modern conveniences,
and yet the same struggles and needs that we have today.

We are no different.

They found peace the same way we do.

Life is full of things we wish we could change, things we cannot change, and things we must continually
let go of.

Letting go is never easy.  It requires me saying, "Here it is."
"I cannot do anything with it."
"It is in your hands."

I am thankful that I never have to let go of the promises of God.
I will continue to hold tightly to them.

"O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you?"
                                                                               ~Psalms 89:8

I photographed these churches in nearby St. Marys, Georgia, this weekend.
They each date back to the 1800's.


  1. On Facebook I would "like", but here "Amen" is more appropriate. Great blog. --Robbie

  2. Betty, these are such lovely, pristine churches. They stir up in me memories and thoughts of a more innocent time. This is a truly beautiful both image and word. By the way, I am a huge Downton Abbey fan and I love the interactions between Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes....I keep hoping for a romantic storyline for them :)

  3. I am moved by your perception and your reminder that "memories" are enduring. My husband and I have a love of old churches and cemeteries . . . I believe it is because they remind us also of those who "paved the way for us," . . . what they invested in (their families, faith, education, communities), what they valued . . . what they passed along to us. Thank you for the splendid photos and INSPIRED MESSAGE. - Marcia

  4. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful images and words to go with them, Betty. I love old churches (actually almost anything old) and cemeteries.... there is always a feeling of peace and endurance and faith. Thank you, Betty. blessings ~ tanna


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