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The concept of place, and our connections to place, are powerful expressions in how we view our world. The Black Church at Búðir is one such location, that for me, expresses a powerful sense of place and identity. On a recent past blog post I wrote about this church located on a windswept point in a harsh landscape For me the church emotes a sense of hope, civility, and simple community which I think is a fitting concept for a Christmas Eve post.
I was going through files recently and came across this one which I had not processed. While the rest of our group was up at the sanctuary I wondered out in the landscape for a different perspective and it was here that I found a different beauty that connected me to the church and the landscape itself. I cannot always point to why I am drawn to such a scene. It is partly the architecture, and partly the landscape, that resonates with me. But the abject sense of stark loneliness, pressed by the weight of a brooding sky, brought this scene to life for me. It was amazing to think about coming to this place in the mid 1800's and carving out a community and a place to live in what was surely a harsh environment. Here, on this lonely volcanic plain, you had to depend on each other and your faith to get by. In the chaos of today we need more connection with each other.
Thanks as always for stopping by. RHC