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Chapel in the Woods

Be at peace. She is well.

Last week we traveled to Georgia for the funeral of a beloved cousin, and on the way home we stopped at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. It is not the best season to visit. The spectacular azalea displays were still slumbering, and only a few blooms were visible here and there. But I appreciated the serenity of the lakes and the forest, and my breath was taken away when we came upon the Chapel in the Woods.

The Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel is a little stone church set amidst the woods, nestled beside a lake and bubbling brook. I breathed in the tranquility of the setting. It was easy to hear the voice of angels in the music of a stream and in the melody of birds, or the wind in the pines whispering words of comfort. Inside the chapel, extraordinary stained glass windows depicted the woodlands.When your heart is filled with pain, may you hear God's words of hope and restoration.  Deborah

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Deb, so sorry to read about your loss. You were in my neck of the woods, well sort of, I am 2 hours from Pine Mountain. That is a very lovely chapel! It is a pity that the azaleas and dogwoods aren't blooming yet. It is spectacular at Callaway. My thoughts are with you. - Karin

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarin/Southern Meadows

That chapel is really beautiful! I love how simple it is. I am sorry about your loss. I've been to a few too many funerals myself.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasa Mariposa

That chapel is oh, so beautiful, and certainly a spot where you can feel God's presence!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobinL

Gosh what a lovely chapel, and I am sure you found peace there. Sorry for your loss.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGillian

Lovely post Deb. I am so sorry about your loss. I grew up in Georgia and my family would often visit Callaway Gardens. I have so many fond memories. The expansive gardens were not so developed back then but I have visited recently with my sister. They are beautiful. The butterfly house there is terrific too. I have never seen this chapel. It is very peaceful and serene. Take good care.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

So sorry to hear about your loss Deb. May she rest in peace. This is such a lovely chapel. Just one of many beautiful sights in the south.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEve

This is a very pretty chapel in a beautiful, serene setting along the lake,as is what your photos show. I am sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

This is such a beautiful chapel in a beautiful environment. When we visit Europe, we are usually brought to huge churches by the tour guides. I appreciate the Chapel in the Woods a whole lot more. Peaceful and serene.

"Be at Peace, She is Well."

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOne

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace. (Num 6:24-26)

What a beautiful setting!! Thanks for the links to Callaway Gardens. Whenever my husband and I go on vacation, we look for a place with gardens and golf. Looks like Callaway Gardens fits the bill perfectly!

Sorry it was a funeral that brought you to the area but thanks for sharing such a stunning chapel ... particularly as the light shines through the stained glass windows.

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoene

Such a beautiful chapel. The stained glass is wonderful. What a serene place to commune with God!

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Deborah, I'm sorry for the loss of your beloved cousin. This chapel is truly beautiful, and in such an idyllic location too. Thank you for sharing.

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

Just read Microcosm and her great-granma's patches, now you bring me a glass version.

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElephant's Eye

Oh dear what a loss for you.
Can tell that you received some comfort in that place!
Look after yourself and stay strong!

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Webber

I'm sorry to hear the reason behind your travels but the photos of this wonderful church are just terrific. Thanks for sharing.

dear Deb, sorry to read of your loss, sending virtual (((hugs))), the chaple and wood sound just what you needed then so pleased you found them, it looks so peaceful, Frances

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsland Threads

What a lovely and charming chapel, in such an atmosperic and serene place! Reminds me of my favourite church which St. Just in Roseland, Cornwall which is similar in more ways than one :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

A gorgeous chapel in a beautiful setting. It sounds like it offered some solace to you in your sorrow. I am very sorry for your loss.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweetbay

Please accept my condolences on your loss. Your discovery of the chapel and the peace you felt suggests that your first sentence is correct.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBom

Dear Deb - such a sad occasion and the beautiful chapel in the woods seems to echo these soothing words. "It is well, with my soul,"

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ PatioPatch

So sorry for your loss.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
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