My favorite thing to look at in the sanctuary during church is the stained glass window which rises behind the altar all the way up to the tiptop peak of the roof.
It seems my eyes journey up from the altar, reminding me that nearly every culture in the world has some kind of mythology of people trying to reach up to or return to heaven. The idea of a ladder or stairway to heaven is seemingly a universal belief.
But when my eyes reach the top of that ladder of stained glass panes, I stop. I quickly realize that we have a different understanding of that story, told in the light streaming down through the stained glass.
We have the Gospel, the good news that God comes down to us and leads us in the Way.
Thanks be to God.