Monday, October 29, 2012

THE FINISH CHURCH AND CEMETERY

 
Sometimes you have the privilege and awesome experience to step back into history.  That was the feeling we got when we stopped at this little Finish Church and old cemetery on our way to McCall, ID on our recent trip.  It was fun to stand on that porch and wonder what it would have been like for my dearest to have been the Pastor here, and myself the Pastor's wife of this little congregation so many years ago.

 
I took a few pictures, but felt so sad when many of the graves were of infant children.  Those were such hard time, and not all the modern medicine we so freely have.

 
It was with a quiet and respectful spirit we walk among the markers and read the names and dates, and tried to imagine all the stories that lay beneath the ground.


Even the year 1827 brought a chill, as I can hardly imagine a time so long ago, and the community of people who came here from Finland and settled this little town.  Lived their lives, attending the little Church, raised their families and buried their dead.


This shot looked like a painting.  The sky, the trees, the fence...the cemetery...it was a moment in time I won't soon forget.  Well that completes our trip to Boise, and the marvelous time we had.  Hope you enjoyed coming along with our pictures.

9 comments:

  1. I definitely enjoyed your trip. I love old cemeteries and this one does look like a painting.
    You and your Darling would have been wonderful Pastor and wife even in the hard times.
    Thank you for sharing your memories.
    So glad you got to make the trip.

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  2. I find old cemeteries fascinating too, and they are good for history buffs too. But as you say sad too especially the graves of the young.

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  3. I love visiting old cemeteries, but there is always a sadness in seeing all the infant and young mother graves. I always come away with a sense of how brave and how strong the first settlers must have been... blessings ~ tanna

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  4. That would be like stepping back in time. So many stories now buried and forgotten with time. Down from my Mammaw's house in Mississippi there was an old cemetery we used to always go visit. Reading the tombstones made you stop and wonder and ponder the lives, the sadness. Wishing you a blessed day. Tammy

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  5. Wonderful shots of the church. It is always sad to see gravestones for children. I love visiting old cemeteries.

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  6. Wow..that last photo is amazing! What a sweet little church. I always think that, too, about the infant graves...so many childhood diseases we don't worry about now and medical care they didn't have back then. 1827...that's almost 200 years ago!

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  7. There is a Norwegian church in Cardiff built in a similar design. It was built by the Norwegian sailors using Cardiff docks.

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  8. It is very moving indeed when one comes across a gravestone like that in memory of an infant who did not even live long enough to be named.

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