I was just recently in Bangkok, and had the humbling privilege of walking through the Grand Palace. Surrounding the temple of the Emerald Buddha, I saw these intricate designs all over the place, in different sizes and styles. I noticed the elaborate and meticulously designed temples and palaces. As I meandered about, I realized that the more intricately designed the temples and palaces are, the more it manifests the degree of their importance for the people.  Every little piece of gold mat, or gem, or glass that is mounted upon the walls and towers of the temples and palace buildings showed people’s devotion and love for their culture, their beliefs and their national identity.

Philosophizing with myself along the way, some more thoughts developed:

1. I will never belittle any expression of love in culture or religion.

2. When we no longer show such value in the churches and cultural symbols, we also consequently lose our identity and self-understanding.

3. These really intricate and passionate things we do are our response to the amazingly designed world that God has given to us.

4. These man-made things make a culture rich and beautiful, so they are things that people should be proud of. 

5.  As a Christian, I should always embrace and appreciate the symbolisms and rich expressions of my own religious heritage.

This my entry to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Man-made Things



  1. So very exquisite. Thanks ever so much for adding it to the challenge. Simply marvelous. Hopefully I’ll see you next week!

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