Sunday, July 3, 2011

George Washington and Lafayette at The American Church in Paris

Stained Glass Window - The American Church in Paris

One of my favorite places to be on a Sunday afternoon is sitting under the beautiful stained glassed windows at the American Church in Paris, (1:30 Service) listening to inspiring music and a positive message in English. The messages shared by the pastor are always uplifting and positive (as opposed to condemning, preachy, boring), resulting in a feeling of renewal and strength when leaving the service to do more of “just livin” in Paris.

Today, on this day before the 4th of July, our pastor once again pointed our attention to one of the breathtaking stain glass windows.
“How many churches can say they have Lafayette and George Washington in a stain glassed window?” he asked the congregation, in appreciation of the historical beauty.

I’ll admit my mind was wondering on barbecue ribs, cole slaw, corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans, hamburgers and an apple pie…, however looking at the widows made me appreciate details of our American history even more

During the American Revolution, Lafayette who was a French aristocrat, served as a major-general in the Continental Army under George Washington. They were such BFF’s, George Washington (since he had no children) considered Lafayette as his son, and additionally Lafayette named his son George Washington Lafayette.

I’ve seen the two together in a few paintings, and now after a brief explanation during the church service, I understand why. Small details shared about the church history and beauty are a bonus to the Sunday blessings, even when my mind wanders off to a barbecue on the 4th of July.

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