|Photo by Jon Ottosson|
This is another view of the church captured by Jon Ottosson. I contacted him to find out more about this precious church that has stolen my heart. Look how this church stands as a beacon of Light and Hope to this community. It is the only color in this white-washed landscape.
Jon so graciously replied with info. The church rests in the coastal village of Vik in the southern most part of Iceland with a community of about 300 people.
In 1991 Vik was voted as one of the top ten beaches on planet Earth because of it's black basalt beach. Basalt is sand from the ash and lava of volcanoes.
The village of Vik sits directly beneath a glacier, which rests atop of the Katla volcano. The last eruption of Katla was in 1918. Scientist believe another eruption is soon inevitable, which of course would melt the glacier that sits on top of the now dormant volcano. As you can imagine, should Katla awaken from her slumber, the flooding that would occur would be catastrophic to this community.
The red-roofed church sits high on a hill and is believed to be the only structure to survive such a catastrophe. The people periodically hold drills in case of such a thing happening and are trained to run to the church for safety. This church truly is a beacon of Light and Hope to this community. You can see why this white building has a red roof - so it can be easily identified in case of an awakening.
Isn't that what a church is supposed to be? A safe haven? A refuge? When I was a young no church ever locked its doors. It was understood that anyone, at anytime of the day or night, could find refuge or a place to reach out to GOD; a place to go and pray and seek answers, solitude, and peace. Forgiveness even.
Can we be such a place? We, The Church, should be a safe haven for others to run to. We, The Church, should be people others can run to for help, answers, and to reach out to GOD in their desperate times.
We, The Church, have a scarlet covering over us - The Blood of our Lord Jesus, The Christ. We, The Church, stand as a beacon of Light and Hope. Don't we?
We better start ! because the slumbering "volcano" in our land will soon arouse, and We, The Church, who have the answers, better have our "doors" open and The Light on!
Because of Him and Unto Him,