We all saw the images yesterday of the fire at Notre Dame in Paris (French for “Our Lady of Paris”). It took over two hundred years to complete, yet we feared we were witnessing it being consumed by fire in a matter of hours.

People shared on social media their fond memories of being there.  Others lamented that they would never be able to see the structure as it was for the past eight hundred years.

 Democrats’ favorite House freshmen, Ilhan Omar tweeted,.“Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways. Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.”

Yes, architecture is really touching — all those many combinations of bricks and mortar.  It really hits you in the heart, right?  Of course, she missed the point.

It was a thing of great beauty, to be sure. But it was much much more. One writer at National Reviewdiscussed stopping by the cathedral on the day of his wedding.  He writes:

The Notre Dame I visited wasn’t just a beautiful building. It wasn’t just a marvel of medieval architecture. And it wasn’t just the center of the French nation — the place where kings and emperors were crowned. It was a symbol of an enduring church and God’s enduring presence. France will feel its loss more than it now understands. We all will.

Exactly.  I found the amount of grief interesting – both in social media and in the world.  A major symbol of Christianity was being burned, and people felt it to their core.

However, there is hope, but it can only found in remembering the original beauty of the principals for which it was originally erected:

God often moves in times of grief, and as Christians mourn Notre Dame’s loss, perhaps some will take this moment to remember Notre Dame’s true purpose. And perhaps they’ll remember the words of the prophet Jeremiah, written at another time of unspeakable earthly loss — the fall of the Holy City of Jerusalem — “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.”

Hat Tip: National ReviewTwitter

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.