As I wander along the catwalk of the abandoned mega-church, I am struck once again by the sadness and waste of this place. Senseless vandalism, broken glass, fallen ceiling tiles, blackberry vines criss-crossing the once immaculate yet now overgrown landscaping ...
Even the passage of time is felt here. It has been over 5 years since the church occupied this complex ... the roof is cracked and leaking, it's age and lack of care showing.
Yet amidst the destruction, I see something else ... a beautiful heart-shaped patch of moss surrounded by the delicate cracks of the roof ... the beauty of the Autumn colored vines ...
I can hear the birds that have fled the surrounding urban sprawl to make this their new home. They flutter around me, calling to each other.
A random flower pokes it's head through the tall grass in what used to be the 'Peace Garden', sharing it's late beauty with no one, except me.
With a deep sigh, I know that I am at peace.
I hope you feel it too.