Posted in Travel Experiences, tagged Basel, cathedral, christian, church, emotion, europe, God, holy, love, music, organ, religion, sacred, tour, tourism, travel, worship on July 11, 2016|
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Front Entrance of Cathedral and View of Both Spires
One of the attractions in Basel that everyone recommends is the Meunster Cathedral. I love going into Cathedrals and old churches so this was definitely on our list of things to see.
One of the Stained Glass Windows
We were able to tour much of the Cathedral, which was absolutely beautiful. This particular Cathedral has 2 spires and we were able to climb one of them – 250 spiral steps. We stopped at several points on the way to the top and walked around the spire on a narrow walkway. The view from the top was breath-taking.
Just starting the climb
Part way up and looking up at the other spire
At the very top and looking directly across at the other spire
It was amazing to see the entire town of Basel from this vantage point as well as looking straight across at the other spire. Luckily I have no fear of heights so it was sheer joy and pleasure for me. The walk down was tricky at times, but we made it back to the main sanctuary safely.
After coming down we discovered there was an organ recital about to start so we took a seat and waited for the organist to begin. As we waited I noticed an elderly gentleman sitting across the way talking and gesturing to himself and my first thought was that he must be a little senile. After watching him for 30 seconds I realized that he was praying – having an honest, heart-felt conversation with God. He was experiencing deep emotion and it was very evident that he does this often. He didn’t care who was around him or what they thought – he was spending time with his Lord. It was clear that his prayer was very earnest and he was listening as well as talking.
As the organ music began he closed his eyes and I could see that he wasn’t just hearing the music, but he was FEELING the music. He would lift his hands at times and move them to the music much like a conductor would. He was still moving his lips at times and putting his hand to his head as if overwhelmed by a thought/emotion. He was enjoying the music with the one he had come to spend time with.
At the end of the recital people began to clap and he put his hands over his ears. Only the Lord knows why he did this, but I couldn’t help but think that either the sound of the clapping was interfering with his worship or he was offended that people were giving praise to the organist instead of the Lord. As everyone began to leave I watched him slowly rise from his chair and walk out of the church holding on to his cane and he was fairly stooped over. He had a look on his face like he had just had the most wonderful time communing with someone he loved very much—the God of the Universe. He may be feeble of body, but he has an extremely healthy soul.
Empty chairs after he had left
Often just being in a cathedral and sensing the Holiness brings tears to my eyes, but watching that man was more beautiful than any grand tower or stained glass window. I can’t help but think that I’ll never see a sight as beautiful as that no matter how many cathedrals I tour. I hope to someday have that kind of relationship with God that I can freely worship in whatever way I am moved, regardless of what others think. I guess when you are staring into the face of someone you truly love everything else fades away. I’m going to keep praying that God will help me to feel that kind of love for him/her. I hope you might pray the same.
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Posted in My thoughts, tagged beauty, emotions, feelings, God, grief, healing, love, pain, sacred, sadness, soul, tear, teardrop on December 12, 2012|
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In my section ‘a little about me’ I’ve described myself as a woman who feels things deeply and then tries to find ways to express those feelings—-at times through my jewelry. Being a person who feels things deeply can be a blessing as well as a hardship. Feeling the extreme joys in life can be one of the sweetest experiences in life, but feeling deep sadness is one of the hardest. The fact is that you can’t feel one without the other. By opening your soul with complete abandon to love, joy and life your heart becomes immediately open to the more painful emotions of life. I am a person who is brought to tears easily and at times I find myself wishing I could be a bit less ‘prolific’ in that way, but in many ways I’m extremely thankful that I am that kind of person. I recently found this quote and it touched my soul and made me even more thankful for my ‘gift’ of tears.
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the make of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…..and unspeakable love. ”
There is something cleansing in tears. They are caused by deep emotions that can not be contained, but find their way out of your soul in the form of beautiful teardrops. I’ve always appreciated the unique beauty of teardrop pearls, gems and beads. They have such a feeling of warmth and beauty to them and it suddenly dawned on me that they are a perfect symbol for human tears. Tears are warm and if you really think about it, they are often beautiful. Granted, we may not consider ourselves ‘beautiful’ with splotchy faces and swollen eyes from crying, but the tears that form in our hearts, flow from our eyes and gently slide down our cheeks are packed full of whatever is in our souls and that can be a truly beautiful thing.
The emotions behind tears can be very complex. They are often caused by several different emotions at one time. One kind of tear in particular has a unique beauty to it—the tear that is brought about by joy and pain at the same time. There is something exquisitely beautiful about being able to cry tears of joy about something that is also causing pain as well. It is a true blessing to be able to feel inexpressible joy for someone’s good fortune even though that same good fortune causes pain in your own heart. I think that is the kind of tears that the quote above is referring to. Those tears are ‘messengers of overwhelming grief…..and unspeakable love’.
I, for one, am thankful for the gift of being able to shed those kinds of teardrops and I am reminded of a passage from the Bible…Psalm 56:8.
You have kept record
of my days of wandering.
You have stored my tears
in your bottle
and counted each of them.
I am truly beginning to believe that God does see each and every tear we cry and when those tears are the result of love, especially a love that He/She has placed in our hearts………..I like to think those are kept in an especially beautiful bottle. Those tears are a visible sign of true love. Tears that are the result of that kind of inexplicable love are what I see as ‘treasured teardrops’.
I have a feeling that you may be seeing more teardrops worked in to my designs in the weeks and months to come and you will know that they are in some small way a tangible expression of my deep feelings and are visible symbols of my ‘treasured teardrops’.
I share this with the hope that for any of you who find tears streaming down your cheeks will somehow be able to see some small amount of beauty in them………..even midst the pain that may be causing them.
Teardrop Designs by Brenda Elaine
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