The church might have fallen into disuse,
become more tourist attraction than place of worship;
the visitor might have wandered away from religion,
believing in tradition more than faith,
or might never have believed at all.
One might reason the ornamentation wasteful,
lament the money diverted from charity.
All true, and yet, on stepping inside,
one must yield to the power of the ethereal blue
and admit, however reluctantly, the spiritual presence.
T. Allen Culpepper