Part of Something Bigger

Historians tell us that more than twenty-three generations were required to complete the glorious Canterbury Cathedral of England. We know that men sometimes worked all their lives on a portico or a vault or a series of pillars, understanding their labors as an offering to God. And when they were about to die, they often asked to be taken to the place they had worked in the cathedral. With their family gathered around them they would pass their tools to their sons and commend the next generation to further progress on that tabernacle of God. Then, in peace they would pass from this life.

Stephen Mansfield, The Search for God and Guinness (Nelson Publishers), 256.

Could our culture do something like this? I think not.

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