My time in Onley, England was certainly memorable. William Cowper who battled much of his life with sever depression yet composed some rich and abiding hymns and poetry wrote There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood, one of my all-time favorite hymns. The last two lines of the first verse read, "and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains." Powerful stuff!
Some of the best and most meaningful stained glass windows I saw were in the small Church of England sanctuary in Olney. I wish I could have captured the thought and workmanship that went into them to a greater degree.
On the bottom row of one of the windows (pictured top right) you'll notice the great preacher John Newton on the left and his friend William Cowper on the right.
We miss out on so much when we don't appreciate stained glass. Many who grew up in evangelical denominations looked upon stained glass windows as being tied in with more liberal and "dead" churches. Maybe I'm only speaking for myself but I know I did.
These particular windows add meaning and beauty to our faith...don't you think!