Instead of using my free time Monday morning at the gym, I decided a little photo therapy was needed. My friend Brenda went with me to explore Duke Chapel and the surrounding area of the university that is easy to see in the one hour we had.
I've been there many times, and I even have a photo collage in my living room of photos I took there a couple years ago, but I never tire of this beautiful part of campus.
Maybe it is because I have an interest in architecture.
The neo-gothic architecture prevalent on Duke's campus is a nice break from suburban picket-fence life.
The style begs you to pore over it's curves, insert yourself in its story, and feel honored to be a citizen of a world where such beauty exists. Some man-made...
and some with God as the artist.
I doubt the students have time to look overhead and see the branches soaring to their rooftops.
Or to admire the stoic beauty of a stair rail that will last hundreds of years.
Fire-red Japanese maples whipping in the wind blaze bright against the blue sky.
The tower of Duke Chapel stands tall in the middle of campus.
For me, it doesn't say "I am Duke," but rather "I am the world. Use your mind. Dream your dreams."
Sometimes the spirit needs a workout more than the body, and this morning I got just that.
"Yet I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."