Tuesday, February 16, 2016

We, the Red Roofers

Jon Ottosson's photo of the scarlet-roofed church that so spoke to my heart, is now more of a reality in my being.

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?  

Do we?

DO 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,









7 comments:

Melanie Ghauri said...

Wow wow wow Di! The Lord is truly writing through you and you will only grow... Go higher and deeper in your writing amen!!! Soaking this in.

Melanie Ghauri said...

Wow wow wow Di! The Lord is truly writing through you and you will only grow... Go higher and deeper in your writing amen!!! Soaking this in.

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you, Mel! This is what "Kissing The Waves" does!

Floyd Samons said...

Wow. Powerful post and analogy. That should be how we look to the world; a refuge and way to our Father for those in need. Thanks for the strong reminder, Diane. I'm with you; that church just looks outstanding.

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you, Floyd. The analogy emerged as I typed. It was profound to me, as The Spirit revealed it.

Betty Draper said...

Beautiful Diane. Out of the ashes come a tender heart to see what others cannot see in an white church sitting in a rugged place. Truly our God is blessing you.

Diane Ronzino said...

I am most humbled by your words...truly, I'm healing and growing...I am blessed.