Inspiration from a church
I heard some news from our Burleson Star editor, Bethann Coldiron, about the infamous Broadway Baptist Church stained glass windows, also made famous by one of its members, Van Cliburn. This past Sunday evening, I had to go and see for myself. I walked around the huge facility, located in south Fort Worth, and found the doors locked. Not one to give up, I kept looking for an entrance. I heard a soft and kind voice from a man by the name of Tom Ellis. He asked me if I needed some help as we all do sometimes do. He was over security and let me in to the sanctuary. This is about the time my jaw dropped.
The organ is massive and the stained glass windows must have been designed by God Himself. I stared and touched the lead in between the multi-colored Tiffany-style glass.
Some things that we see are pretty and other things are simply beautiful. Shame on us for not encountering as much beauty in this time that we have on earth. I thought to myself how gorgeous Heaven must be. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. After, I knelt at the pulpit, Tom let me out and I read the historical marker.
Broadway Baptist Church was started in 1882 by six men and three women. A huge fire consumed the wooden structure in 1909. The historical marker also shared a scripture from 1 Corinthians “Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus. He will keep you strong to the end.”
In the United States, there is a 100 year-old trade organization. The Stained Glass Association of America works to assure survival of the artistic craft and training specialists. The current president is B. Gunar Grenke of the Conrad Schmidt Studios. Traditional skills are taught to brilliant men and women. The Roots of Knowledge (Tree of Knowledge) installation in Orem, Utah is 200 feet long and has been compared to Cologne Cathedral in Germany, which these eyes have seen. If you have a chance, my friends, take Bethann’s and my advice while you have an opportunity to see what God has inspired. Thank you and Blessings to you and yours.
Brother Hank Hoaldridge firstname.lastname@example.org. On the Internet thefoxoldiesoldies.com Sundays at 8 a.m. central or sammeyersclassicccountry.com Sundays at 9 a.m. central.