As I stopped at each one, I couldn't help but notice the lawns were all mowed and I also couldn't help but think of all the history and memories in each church, all of life's major events~ baptisms, Sunday School lessons, confirmation, weddings, anniversaries, festivals, and funerals, etc. that have taken place there. The millions of prayers and songs of worship lifted up within those walls. The faith and hope of many strengthened and renewed each Sunday.
The doors that welcome.
The bell that calls to worship.
My favorite part of the old country church is the steeple and the bell. The steeples drew me across the prairie as they did our pioneer ancestors. They didn't have GPS or google, they just scanned the horizon for the steeple.
Of course, the church that holds the fondest memories and sentiment for me is the one below that I grew up attending~ Zion Lutheran Church, built in 1915 by my Grandfather, Einar Roness, and my Great Grandfather, Michael Glasoe, and others.
To my delight the door was unlocked so I was able to go inside. They still have services here occasionally. I was paid $10 a Sunday to play piano when I was in high school and thought that was pretty sweet. Our family sat about four rows up from the back on the left side. We took up a whole pew and more sometimes.
The beautiful stained glass window in the front of the church of Jesus praying in the garden.
I took some time to visit my Mom's grave.
Thanks for visiting these old churches with me~ maybe next time you are on a road trip you will notice a steeple here or there and will feel it drawing you as well. Perhaps?