Sunday, November 18, 2018
“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on the trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”
~ Martin Luther
Steeped in history and faith, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church stands majestically in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania on an early November afternoon.
As Allentown’s first Lutheran Church, it was founded in 1762.
St. Paul’s was one of two original churches in Allentown, first founded in a log structure in the 1760s. The current location was donated by the Allen family in the 1790s.
The remains of Margaret Elizabeth Allen Tilghman (April 21, 1772 - September 9, 1798), who died in childbirth, are in a special crypt located underneath the church tower of St. Paul’s. It was written that when the remains of Margaret were exhumed in 1903, after 105 years of interment, strands of her auburn hair that charmed the beaus of Philadelphia were still recognizable.
A plaque located near the crypt honoring her reads: “Endowed with warm affection and an excellent understanding, she enjoyed the flattering prospect of a useful and happy life, but it pleased Almighty God Whose Providence tho' unsearchable is all wise, that she should be cut off, in the flower of her youth from this transitory world. She died surrounded by friends.”
Margaret’s grandfather William Allen and her husband William Tilghman were both Chief Justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The Tilghman Family is a famous Maryland family. According to a WFMZ article, “No less a figure than John Adams’s wife Abigail had hailed the three Allen girls as part of the “constellation of beauty” that brightened the national capital of Philadelphia. But now an early death had darkened one of those beautiful auburn-haired stars.”
Monday, October 8, 2018
“The Eagle has landed.”
~ Neil Armstrong
At 4:18 p.m. on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong’s voice crackled from the speakers at NASA’s Mission Control in Houston, Texas. He said simply, “The Eagle has landed.” With those words, the dream President John F. Kennedy voiced in 1961 – putting a man on the Moon by the end of the decade – had at last come true. Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, was the first man to walk on the moon.
It was wonderful to photograph a majestic American Bald Eagle and Juvenile Bald Eagle after they landed on a high perch above the Little Lehigh Creek on an early October evening at Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The bald eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States.
The bald eagle appears on our nation’s seal. In the late 20th century it was on the brink of extirpation in the contiguous United States. Populations have since recovered and the species was removed from the U.S. government’s list of endangered species on July 12, 1995 and transferred to the list of threatened species. It was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the lower 48 states on June 28, 2007.
Background texture by Jai Johnson added for artistic effect.