Lincoln is a beautiful city in Lincolnshire, England, with history dating back to the Romans. The castle and cathedral, at the top of Lincoln Cliff, are the centerpieces of the historical section with its narrow cobblestone streets, tiny shops and famous Steep Hill.
The well-preserved castle remained in use into modern times as a prison and a court. Visitors may view one of four Magna Carta originals or walk along the stone walls for a panoramic view of the countryside, the castle complex and the cathedral. (The above photo of the cathedral was taken from the castle wall).
Of the cathedral, Victorian writer John Ruskin said, “I have always held… that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have.”
One day, as we topped the hill on foot, we wondered at the beautiful singing wafting toward us. It was Evensong on Ascension Day at the cathedral. We entered through huge wooden doors into the nave, its stone floor bare of furniture but splashed with color. Compelled to seek the source of the color, I turned and gazed upward at a large arched window. Pouring through intricate pieces of colored glass, the sunlight brilliantly lit a pane of biblical scenes.
We are made in God’s image to be reflections of His glory. If we know His saving grace, then in trials we reflect Christ’s strength and peace. In temptation, we reflect His power and righteousness. In times of blessing, we reflect His graciousness. Like a splash of color on stone, our lives may not seem significant, but they should reflect the One who gives life.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV