The last post on Boyer Writes was the sermon given from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. by Bishop Marianne Budde. If you missed it, please click on the “Past posts” to hear. You will believe it is worth your time.
Now, we ask…after the virus is gone, how and when will we recover? Will people who lost jobs or finances or loved ones be able to pull together their determination and faith to begin again? It is a big question that most have no answers for, but great hopes for the future. We will rebuild.
Today, I want to talk about rebuilding even if it is a bit ahead of the curve. We only see down the path and not around the bend that will eventually come into our sight. Yet, the future awaits much for us if we have the courage to move around into the unknown.
We know we will have to rebuild much of what was great before the virus hit the world. Businesses, especially the small ones, were hit hard as were their employees. The rebuilding of the economy and the nation, as a whole, will take time, but it will happen.
The National Cathedral was hit hard during a 5.8 earthquake in August 23, 2011, causing $34 million in damage. Yet, they did rebuild with great effort and patience.
A history of the Cathedral: “On September 29, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt laid the foundation stone of the Washington National Cathedral and sent laborers to work with these words: “Godspeed the work begun this noon.” It would take workers 83 years to complete the $65 million Protestant Episcopal church, but even under construction, it quickly became a place of national prominence. In its centennial year, the National Cathedral has accumulated an impressive guest list. Every president of the United States after Roosevelt has visited the cathedral, as well as Queen Elizabeth II. Martin Luther King Jr. preached his last Sunday sermon there, and the cathedral was the site for funerals, such as for presidents Reagan, Ford and Senator John McCain.
The cathedral is an architectural marvel. The sixth-largest cathedral in the world, it rises 676 feet above sea level, making its top the highest point in the District of Columbia. Its center tower is as tall as a 30-story building, and it’s decorated with 110 gargoyles and 288 angels. Its stained glass windows — including one with a piece of the moon in it — and a sculpture of Darth Vader on the northwest tower, are main attractions for visitors.” (from National Public Radio)
“The full name of this landmark Episcopal church is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (in the City and Diocese of Washington). Although it is a significant date in the Cathedral’s timeline, it is one of many. The history stretches back to 1792 when Pierre L’Enfant under George Washington set aside land for a non-denominational house of prayer for national purposes as part of his Plan for the Federal City. It was over 100 years before some committed Episcopalians put forth the resources, pursued a charter and purchased land to live into that mission. Construction didn’t begin until September 29, 1907, when President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone. Bethlehem Chapel, the oldest worship space in the Cathedral, opened for services on May 1, 1912; the 300-ft. Gloria in Excelsis tower was dedicated in 1964; and the Cathedral was finally finished in 1990, after 83 years of construction, with President George H. W. Bush present for the laying of the last stone. It cost approximately $65 million to build and it weighs 150,000 tons…The majestic 530-ft. cruciform-shaped Gothic cathedral, made primarily of Indiana limestone, is remarkable, with flying buttresses on the east and west facades, 112 gargoyles, 215 stained-glass windows, 762 boss stones, 288 angels on top of the two west towers and an organ with 10,650 pipes. The 26-ft.-dia. window, “The Creation,” above the main entrance on the West Façade, is one of three such windows. This one was designed by Rowan LeCompte, fabricated by Dieter Goldkuhle and was installed in 1976.” (Martha McDonald for Traditional Building)
Through the efforts of men who knew how to renovate and rebuild, the construction began…just as it will as we begin to rebuild the lives of people here in the United States and around the world.
Did we answer the question…how or when will we rebuild lives? No, but we will and we will have the answers. The Holy Scripture says, ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
In relation to rebuilding, I want to share with you the rebuilding of the National Cathedral after the earthquake hit. You will appreciate the skill and hard work of those involved.
There will be two videos on this post. (After viewing the first, don’t forget to click back and view the second.) They are as follows:
Video 1: The timelapse video of rebuilding the inward and outward parts of the National Cathedral: Click on the link below
Rebuilding the National Cathedral
Video 2 turn up sound: THIS IS FOR YOUR INSPIRATION AND BELIEF THAT OUR COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD WILL RECOVER AND REBUILD…JUST AS THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE OF WORSHIP WAS REPAIRED FROM A FORCE OF NATURE NOT EXPECTED!
The beautiful stained glass windows are seen with scaffolding around them during the rebuilding. Time-lapse photography by Colin Winterbottom. Music by Danyal Dhondy
Turn up sound and Click this link for your inspiration:
Music and the National Cathedral
George H.W. Bush as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II.
You were a kind and gracious gentleman…a patriot…and our President.
In Honor of President George H.W. Bush
From Retired Navy Chaplain, William J. Boyer, and his wife, Nancy of Boyer Writes
The Christian service of President Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (Turn up sound)