It has been a long time since I last wrote anything here.
As we embark on another year, perhaps this is a good time to think about restoring, renewing and resetting our faith journey.
It is interesting that during a trip I took to Rome in the summer, after visiting 20+ churches in the city, the image that impressed me most and got me thinking the most was not any of the beautiful mosaics, sculptures, paintings, or ornate archways in the churches or basilicas. Instead, it was the little drainage holes on the floor of the courtyard outside the little 4th century church, Basilica di Santa Pudenziana. This basilica is definitely not one of the main churches that tourists would seek out; only, that it was not too far from the hotel that I was staying at.
There was something about the practicality of the crosses as drainage holes that struck me. I wondered if the crosses were cut by “design”, or the random work of the worker who happened to have Christ in his/her mind constantly. The church itself is situated at a level lower than the street level and one would need to take either staircases on both sides of the street entrance to get down to the courtyard and the main entrance of the church. I imagine it must be satisfying to see Christ draining away water to prevent the place from flooding during a downpour. It must be comforting to think of how Christ can help us to get rid of the unwanted. I think, sometimes, people think of God as far and remote, or Almighty as reflected by the huge sculptures of the Holy One as seen around the city. However, I just love the idea of a practical God that can help us solve some very real, everyday problems!
Perhaps, this image of the drainage hole will serve as a reminder of how we may rely on Christ to restore, renew and reset us for another year living with our faith.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me. –Psalm 51:10
Wishing you an amazing New Year filled with God’s grace and blessings, and wonderful opportunities to know Him more!