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Archive for January 11th, 2010

It’s winter here as I write this and I can see the snowy effects in the trees outside the window as I type this blog. Whenever we get this weather, it reminds me of our time in Kazakstan when we went for a month 3 years ago to get our daughter, Emily. While it was a different culture, my wife and I find ourselves homesick from time to time for a place we only spent a month.

One of the things I found interesting while we were there was our trips to a couple of the local churches. There are two prominent options there when it comes to places of worship, Muslim temples and Russian Orthodox churches. Being a Christian, we opted to visit two of the churches during our time there and it was quite different than what I am used to.

The churches are generally one main, huge room that are a couple stories high and very wide. When I went through my pastoral studies, my worship teacher would say it was designed to portray the awe and wonder of God more than create an enviroment for feeling close to Him and each other. There are many, many religious artifacts scattered about that would take the whole day with a tour guide to understand the purpose, history, and symbolism of each. There are no chairs except for one row of wooden chairs in the back of the room for older guests. It is not the most welcoming place though it is breath taking.

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