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Church on Christmas Eve

Church has been a substantial part of my life since I was born. I attribute this to being the daughter of a pastor. In keeping with this life-theme, it seems as if every time my husband and I take a vacation or a weekend trip, we end up in a church. Not because we attend a Sunday morning service, but because if we pass by, we are compelled to go inside, especially if the church is beautiful with stained glass windows or even austere with bricks and columns.

While basking in the tropics of Key West, we found a bright white church and ventured in to light a candle:

Key West Church

Key West Church

church at night

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Church View

A short trip to Chicago didn’t disappoint in the restaurant or the church department:

Summer chicago

chicagochurch

While on a weekend away in the seaside town of Lewes, Delaware, we found ourselves listening to the liturgy of a Sunday evening service while walking the prayer labyrinth on the grounds:

Lewes

labyrinth

I’ll be in church tonight, celebrating with traditional hymns and praying that the meaning of Christmas soaks into my soul every day, not just on Christmas Day.

He said, “Surely they are my people,
children who will be true to me”;
and so he became their Savior.

In all their distress he too was distressed,
and the angel of his presence saved them.
In his love and mercy he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them
all the days of old.

(Isaiah 63:8-9)

Whatever “church” looks like for you and however you choose to celebrate this holiday, I wish you the merriest of Christmases, as well as love, comfort and peace each day of the New Year. 

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31 comments

  1. As the son of an atheist Freudian psychoanalyst and a recovering artist mother, I had a different orientation toward church as a child. :) But I’ve always loved the beauty of churches and felt the spirit of God in man’s aspiration to reach for something higher. Some of the most awe-inspiring churches I’ve been in were the ruins of old abbeys and cathedrals from the Middle Ages in Ireland. I love arched, gabled ceilings. But I love sky even more. Merry Christmas.

  2. praying that the meaning of Christmas soaks into my soul every day, not just on Christmas Day.

    Loved this post, RP and the photos were beautiful. I find such peace when I’m inside a church. Merry Christmas to you and Mr. Rache!

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  4. I’m late here, but I do hope you had a magical Christmas. Your church snapshots are fantastic! Especially that one in Key West…wow. My church is the trees, nature if you will. Fortunately, I have my own “churches” right on my property. Very convenient for worshiping, which I do daily.

    Happy New Year to you both, Rachel.

  5. wow I am awestruck by the beauty of these photos ! So amazing to read ! Loving your cool blog right now as I am taking a tour :) Wish you a very happy new year ! Love xx

  6. I love that church in Key West! I’ve never noticed it before — despite being there a couple of times a year — and will definitely seek it out next time that I am there. The photo from above it where you can see the ocean in the distance is perfect!

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