Last month while on an early morning photo walk in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia I came across this lovely old Anglican Church – St. Luke’s, built in 1822.
There’s something to be said for the deliberately simple lines of the Gothic Revival style. Whenever I see places like this it makes me stop and want to examine further, and though I’m not a religious person it still somehow leads me to a certain amount of introspection.
Maybe it was the quiet of early morning or the way the light was shining through the trees that put me in a more pensive mood, but to me buildings like this harken back to a simpler time when how you acted and how you treated others was much more important than it seems to be today.
Whether it’s a loud-mouth buffoon shouting on the news about his right to stockpile more assault rifles than he could ever need or use, a brainwashed extremist committing unspeakable cruelties in the name of their God, or a bigoted opportunist politician demonizing anyone they even partially disagree with; it seems that being outrageous, insisting on always being right, and drawing attention to oneself by shouting longer and louder than everyone else has replaced humility, courtesy and respect for others’ beliefs and opinions.
It’s enough to bring you down if you let it.
I stood there for a few minutes taking pictures from different positions and angles, lost in this admittedly negative train of thought. But as I got closer and was saddened a little to see how this historic old building and its door have seen better days, the thing that struck me most was the wonderful message on that sign – just perfect for turbulent times:
Special Note: This weekend is our Thanksgiving here in Canada and as I do each year on this holiday, as of 5:00 pm Eastern time on Friday I will be unplugged and totally offline until Tuesday.
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Until then, you kids all play nice and don’t break anything while I’m gone okay? 😀
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