Issue 17: A Reflection
The build has started. So has the prayers.
If you were to tell me over twenty-four years ago that The Lego Church Project would be something that I am known for. I’m not sure I would have believed you. Yet doing this year after year brings about a level of comfort and purpose to my life.
As I’m pulling out the plywood work board in front of me. I get the parts needed to start the layout. In this case the base plates. The 2x2 bricks that help mark out the grid. The 2x4 bricks that help define the rough layout. Each build takes me on a slightly different journey. So how each season starts is never the same. With the grid set I can start at work on coming up with a layout that will become this season’s church. Sometimes it can be smooth sailing. Other times it can be rough seas. Still the challenge is part of the reward of what I do.
As I am building. I am praying. That has become common in my work. It is an important aspect of what I do. The entire Project is rooted in prayer. Such as praying for vocations. Along with more people making the Mass a priority. Core elements of our faith that are often overlooked in our current age. Each build allows me to focus on this and reflect on the importance of what it means to be Catholic. Along with renewed hope that the Holy Spirit would open our hearts and create in us a desire to make our faith more of a priority than what it currently is.
With each build I know how the story is finished. A snapshot of a typical parish that could be from any part of the country. While the building is not not same every season. The heart of the story always remains the same. The Mass frozen in time for all to see. Yet it is the journey itself that changes. I can have over a thousand ideas of what I want to build. Though prayer I am shown what God wants me to reveal in the bricks. The story told though the hard work that most people never get to see.
It is rare for me to have people around when I’m working. I spend countless hours alone focused on the build. Nibbling at each section. Plotting out ideas and the directions I need to travel to get the Project built. To see me work on this is a lesson in organized chaos. I have a number of bins, trays, and containers full of parts. Along with the floor of the build covered in stray bricks as I’m on the task at hand. The only sounds come from a box fan in the bedroom and the bricks themselves as I am working.
The Project has given me a lot of purpose. Something to focus my attention on. It has allowed me to open new doors to other outlets. As someone who has a disability. I often feel some what invisible. However I have, by the grace of God, started to become a voice for those of us with disabilities. A path that I have truly embraced. Even with the level of unknown that comes with each year. The work I do is a challenge every season. A challenge that I fully accept and embrace. By the Grace of God, I am still standing.
Thanks for being part of this journey. Please keep my work in prayer as I am in the middle of the Season 24’s build.
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