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Reverend Laurie's Blog - 06/28/2019

Legend has it that the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is built on the spot where Jesus was born. Most of the entrance was filled in with stones hundreds of years ago, leaving a narrow opening into the church that’s less than five feet high. This was an ancient security system, preventing pilgrims from bringing their carts and livestock into church. Long after creaky cart wheels and donkey poop stopped being a problem at this holy site, even short pilgrims like me must bow to go in, which is why the entrance of the Church of the Nativity is known at the “humility door”. Like the accidental creation of Silly Putty, as far as I’m concerned this is one of the greatest church innovations

Reverend Laurie's Blog - 06/21/2019

The summer before I headed off to college my family went on a road trip and turned off the highway to make a visit to Crystal Cave in Pennsylvania. It’s surprising how you can leave July by heading down a few sets of stairs into a cathedral tomb where sky and grass are as foreign as Mandarin is to me. The tour guide circled a twelve foot long stalactite with her flashlight and said it was growing at a pace of roughly four inches every thousand years Then she turned off the light to demonstrate the cave’s natural darkness. The blackness that closed over us was on the scale of the second verse of Genesis: Now the earth was formless and empty. Only ten seconds of it was more instruct

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