they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
That was the closest I came to appreciating the Bible and what it represented. Faith, practice and the Bible were 3 separate entities.
The years passed and other preoccupations took place, and then my father died and I started visiting Curacao, not knowing anything of the history or even the geographical location of the place. On my way to Punda where we visited almost every day, I saw a cemetery with angels, where every thing was a synchronised white. There was no grass and everything was neatly laid out. I was struck by how peaceful it was.
Our cemeteries were associated with scary stories of not passing by them close to six pm in the evening, probably a ruse to get us home early. So seeing a cemetery like that one was an eye opener. It turned out to be a Jewish cemetery.
Eventually, I discovered the Synagogue and started learning about the history of the people who worshipped there, their rules in that men sat on one side and women sat on the other. Luckily for me, there was no one to see that the first time I went, I sat on the male side. After that every time, I went to the Synagogue, I would sit on the side for the females. I suppose that some of the concepts started sinking in and I was respectful of the customs.
My poor mother would wait paitently while I sat on the bench, my head buried in my hands, like I did when I was small and my father was in church with me. Here I would swipe my feet in the sand, back and forth, not caring how dusty they became, aware that the salt in the sand was being used with the same purpose that we use salt in our blessings as Charismatics. There was no disrespect in moving the sand back and forth, playing with it as the floor was covered with sand and salt. There was relief.
|The sandy floor of the Synagogue.|
Eventually I visited the Museum, as that took some working up to. By 2009, I took pictures of various bits of information on the compound which I am sharing here:
The above scene depicts Jacob's Ladder....