Every time I come to write a new blog post, I am amazed at the time that has gone by since I last posted! It seems that only upon reflection do I ever realise how quickly life is passing.
For example: this post is about my day with friends in Dresden, Germany, which was 4 months ago! I still remember it so clearly though. I am so grateful that God has given us the capacity for memories. I am equally grateful for the beautiful people that I created these memories with!
I think the most incredible thing about touring Dresden was exploring the city centre which was completely bombed out by the Allies at the end of World War II. Photos of the city after this happened show the unbelievable damage that essentially flattened it. Yet the only evidence of this that we saw in person was the colouring of some of the bricks in buildings that they rebuilt. During restoration of the city, they used as much original stone and brick of buildings as they could; it is easy to spot the old bricks because they are charred from the bombing. I think one of the best examples of this that we saw was Dresdner Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady, where Martin Luther himself preached. Talk about historical! We sat for a while inside the Frauenkirche, which was rebuilt about 10 years ago to look exactly as it did when Luther was alive. Words and pictures cannot express how exquisite this church is, though I’ll try to show you below (click on any photo to see it full-size). As with the cathedrals of Europe, I think it is impossible to be in this church and NOT feel the presence of God.
Kreuzkirche, Church of the Holy Cross, was another beautiful Protestant Church we visited, though I have fewer photos of that one.
Dresden was absolutely freezing; there was still snow and ice on the ground (especially in the shadier areas), but it was still such a beautiful place. I think the coldest part was when we walked Augustusbrücke (Augustus Bridge), which crosses the river Elbe. The wind was so biting! But the view was gorgeous and definitely worth it.
In terms of Dresden, I think I will let the photographs do the rest of the talking. Because I have so many more pictures from to share, though, I am going to put them all in my next post.