The little chapel on the side of the road between our drive from Fripp Island to Beaufort continually caught my eye.
A simple sign outside shared the mission of the little chapel.
Pray as you pass.
So I did.
Every time we passed I prayed.
On our last day there I had Chris stop. He pulled onto a patch of skimpy grass next to the chapel on the side road and I popped out to investigate.
The little chapel is sparsely furnished and the door sticks a little bit but I opened it and walked inside.
It was surprisingly cool on a fairly warm day and as I counted the 26 wooden chairs that sat in the chapel I was drawn into the feeling of this tiny space.
How many other motorists had passed by and prayed?
How many other visitors had found their way into the tiny chapel and sat in the chair I sat in and offered up some prayers?
Did the ancient roll of paper like carpet get used anymore? Did brides walk down that white thread of carpet down the tiny aisle to pledge their love to their future husband? What stories could it tell?
Who put that sprig of lavender in the lone plate on the wall that covered where the old stove used to be?
Who was the last person to use the lectern? What did they say? Did they preach? Did they lead the people there in songs?
I put the questions aside.
Certainly like many other motorists and tourists who had passed that way previously.
I prayed as I passed.
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This is lovely. It would be a perfect place for a small intimate wedding.
I love these tiny chapels and have stopped at a couple of them when travelling a few years ago. I too think of who might have been there before. Although I love visiting huge cathedrals, these simple chapels are just as effective and often more peaceful. LOve the sign out front.
I agree. I have experienced both as well and somehow these little ones make me feel so close to God and in His presence. I think about all those who have passed before me, those who have stopped and ventured in and all those prayer that have been offered.
What a perfect place to pray, devoid of distractions. The message to pray as you pass is simple yet powerful. I so appreciate houses of God like this. Thank you for sharing this discovery.
What a find! So lovely! I think it’s great to stumble across gems like this.
How fascinating! I’d love to know about the history of the church!
What a cute lil’ chapel! It’s always nice when something like that pops up & offers a moment of clarity. Which can usually only be found in a glass of reisling. LOL
This looks like a well-loved place. I’d be curious and would want to visit the inside too.
What a beautiful tiny chapel
It was a beautiful little spot.
One can only wonder. People put chapels in the oddest places.
A sweet little place of respite and peace. Like you, I have a bunch of questions about it. But you know what? God knows what purposes this little house of His had and continues to have. And if it causes folks to pause to pray, what an amazing purpose it has!