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I love parks in cities.  They are a stark contrast to the rest of a city – so peaceful, calm, colorful.  People actually feel relaxed and at ease.  It’s like they are a haven of safety and calmness in the midst of the chaos of a city.

Swedish parkParks provide us an opportunity to feel like things are under control – the design of a park is meant to be that way.

Swedish parkAll of the lines and angles give the impression of order and stability in the midst of chaos the surrounds the park.

Swedish parkAnd the beauty we experience is a glimpse of the Kingdom of God.

Swedish parkAnd I find it interesting that there is usually a church right by these parks.

Swedish parkChurch often times functions in the same way a park does.  Church provides us a respite from the insanity of the world in which we live.

And like a park, church is there to give us a chance to re-charge and go back into the world of the chaos.  Only we can face the chaos because we have been touched by God’s goodness and love – ready to go back into the insanity to share that love and goodness with others who either don’t know about God or think they don’t have access to God.