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Taken at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, England. The minster is one of the most interesting and beautiful buildings I have ever been to. Southwell Minster dates back to the 12th century. It was once the retreat of the Archbishop of York. During the English Civil War, it was believed to be used as a stables for Cromwell. Southwell only became a diocese in the the late 19th Century. The windows are so beautiful in the Minster, and on this occasion the light came streaming through turning these ancient pillars into beautiful pallets of colour.
“You are the light of the world…..let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14, 16. This was the scripture being read out in the minster the day I visted this extraordinary church and took this picture. I am very familiar with this beautiful building, with its strong columns, ancient carvings, and warm smiles. As I walked around the nave, the sun began to break though the dull cloudy sky which had dominated the morning. The light began to stream through the windows as I turned and saw this amazing view. I set up my camera to get the shot, taking several pictures from different angles.
God spoke to me in that moment. He gave me two distinct illustrations about what I was looking at. The first describes us as the strong pillars built by God, either as individuals or as the church, standing strong. He displays His glory and beauty on us, in us, and through us. The second illustration describes us as the window, with each colourful piece of glass representing the different gifts given to us, again either as individuals or as the church, but it is the Son shining through us that shows God to the world. What a thought. We are working in partnership with Him.
HP PhotoSmart C945 (Bridge camera)