Saturday, July 29, 2006

King's Chapel Church

Last week, I said I would write some more about King’s Chapel Church, which John and I visited during our day-trip to Boston last week.

King's Chapel Church was built in the mid 1600’s. It’s related to the Burial Ground next to it in name and location only. The burial ground was Puritan, and descendants of the Puritan’s have been buried there as recently as 1970. But King’s Chapel Church was originally Anglican, and turned Unitarian at the time of the Revolution. It’s still a Unitarian church, and has Sunday services.

What we saw inside the church fascinated us!The pews are enclosed in boxes. When you open a door to a pew, you find upholstered benches lining three sides of the box. We asked the docent about this, and she said in the early days families were fined if their children misbehaved during services. So the children were seated so that the parents could keep an eye on them and still pay attention to the sermon. John and I have friends who used to attend the Old North Church, and its pews are the same way (but they didn’t know why till we told them about King’s Chapel Church). I wouldn’t mind that system today, but Department of Social Services would probably scream child abuse!

We also learned that Lousia May Alcott’s grandfather was a member of King’s Chapel church, and is buried in it’s crypt underneath the building. Having read Little Women several times over, that bit of trivia gave me goosebumps!

Maybe this blog entry isn't the best of history lessons, but perhaps it might pique someone's interest. For me, history is my second-favorite part about living in New England. John is my favorite!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A Bit Of Whimsy


Sometimes I need to put my "serious" digital painting aside, and dr something fun. I had all these critters saved (and the plants), so today I just drew a simple background and arranged all the creatures. I like the sense of joy in this little picture. Hopefully, it will make some of you smile, too!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Treasure

I worked through Joshua 1:8 in my Quiet Time this morning. It's part of God's call to Joshua after the death of Moses, as He prepares Joshua to lead Israel across the Jordan River to take possession of the Promised Land. He has, in verse 7, reminded Joshua of the Book of the Law that He had given Moses. Now He impresses on Joshua his responsibility (as leader of Israel) to take His Word seriously.

Josh 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. NKJV

I looked up some cross-references, and found a very interesting one:

Matt 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. NKJV

The connection I saw was that as we fill ourselves with Scripture, with the goal of applying it to our lives, we will have the Lord's goodness come out of us. The good treasure is God's Word. The word "meditate" in the Hebrew can be translated "study." It challenged me, because I still see so much worldliness coming out of me, especially when I'm slacking off on Bible study or not thinking about whatever I've studied. It was really an exciting quiet time today!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Wedding Picture


This picture was taken at our wedding on August 24, 2002. Yes, we're looking towards our fourth anniversary already! Doesn't seem that long, however. Maybe because marriage is such a miracle for both of us!

Disabilities as severe as ours make it seem impossible to marry, or so we both believed for much of our lives. But we forgot that God delights in doing the impossible. All along, He had our marriage planned, and used the Internet to link San Francisco to Boston. He had placed in my heart an idea of the man I wanted to marry when I was only four. John is exactly that man, only better! How awesome it is that He used our disabilities to draw us to that chat room in February of 1998! And how precious He has made our marriage!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Downtown Crossing

Yesterday we took the Red Line to Downtown Crossing. After eating "Mexican" food at The Corners (New Englanders really have trouble making decent Mexican food), we headed to King's Chapel Burial Ground. As the plaque above explains, the Puritains established this burial ground in 1630. It's connected with King's Chapel Church (which was originally Anglican and has been Unitarian since Revolutionary times) by location and name only.

At one point, I saw an interesting monument. When I investigated, I found that several generations of the Winthrop family was buried in that plot, starting with John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts. John's not tall enough (being a wheelchair user) to take photos of monuments in table form, but he was able to photograph this plaque beside it:
I hope you can download the above photo and read it for yourselves. If not, I'll share that Winthrop "dedicated his life to the creation of a model Christian community where people would live upright lives of concern for each other and fulfil their obligations in God's social order."

Next, we visited King's Chapel Church. We couldn't take flash pictures in there, and it was too dark to take regular pictures. But we spent about 15 minutes with a docent. She shared a lot about the church's archetecture and history, some of which I may share in a subsequent blog entry.

From there, we crossed the street and went to the Old Grainery Cemetary. I wanted to find Mother Goose's headstone. As we started across the cemetary to ask a tour guide where it was, I happened to look to my left...and I saw it!


We also visited the gravesites of Paul Revere, Crispus Attucks (a freed slave who died in the Boston Massacre), and Samuel Adams, but I can't upload ALL those photos today.

John then took me through the Boston Common and over to see the Swan Boats at the Public Gardens.
It was a wonderful day-trip, though today we're both exhausted. I love Boston's rich history, and appreciate excursions that allow me to peer back into our nation's heritage.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

My New Cyber Home

My old blogspace disappeared yesterday. I edited it, and it vanished. Oh well...I'd always had problems with it anyway, so maybe the Lord was nudging me to this website. He does things like that. I just finished a digital painting, and wanted to share four variations of it.






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