Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Crystal Cathedral- December 16
There are days when John and I have no idea as to how our day will end up when we head out the door,and yesterday was one of them. Out first goal was to stop at the home of some friends of ours. We didn't have their phone number so we couldn't warn them ahead of time that we were coming. They happened to be home, however, and we had a nice visit with them. Their home is in Anaheim and, as the Crystal Cathedral was close to them, we decided to tour that place before heading home. If you have ever watched the "Hour of Power" Christian service on television Sunday mornings,you will know what I am referring to. I do have a picture posted here of the church. Actually,seeing it up close is very different than seeing it on television. It is a rather grand structure; made almost entirely of glass,and towering twelve stories high. It is star shaped and the inside is rather plain. So,in some sense, many would not consider the building a real cathedral. There are religious statues outside, I have posted a couple of them here. The one of Jesus blessing the children is outside of the church's school building. For 28 years they have put on a Christmas production, called "The Glory of Christmas". We decided to stay and see the the early show,as it was already rather late in the day. And we are glad we did! It was a fantastic show, complete with professional actors, actresses, and singers. I never thought of the Christmas story being told with ballet dancing,but that also was in the show. And how often can you see camels, donkeys, and horses charging down a church aisle? Also, it is one thing to hear that the skies were filled with angels singing, but how about actually seeing it? They had angels flying around us (at one time I counted seven all total at one time)and singing "Gloria in Excelsis Deo". What a thrill of sight and sound! This is one church which thinks big, they call it "possibility-thinking faith". If you dream it,you can do it.