Beauty of Comfort

Below is the entrance to the Glendale Forest Lawn.

This is where the stained-glass window of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper is on display.

The lights on the horizon are Los Angeles.

This is the mortuary at the front gate.

This is my favourite place in California, the Glendale Forest Lawn.  It is a memorial park and so beautiful .  I go there every day I am in Glendale.   It is not far from where I stay.   I love to just drive around, or stop and look at the beauty and meditate. The views of the city at great too.

Forest Lawn closes at sunset.  No one can come in, but they do not push anyone out.  I decided on my last day there that I would wait until it was dark and take some pictures.  It was a very special night.​

At the top are statues and memorials.  

I was driving down Los Feliz and there before me on the hill was the white building with the cross on it.   I managed to take a photo while stopping at the lights. They came just at the right time.

You can also see Mount Palomar and Griffiths Park Observatory.  Look on the horizon for a dot of light under the tree.  It is the round dome of the observatory.

The entrance is at the bottom of the hill. The foreground statue is Moses being drawn from the water.

"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the  archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise  first:  then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."  1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.

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There is also a patriotic section.

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Many beautiful

bronze and white marble statues.

Magnolia trees dot the grounds and the perfume is magnificent

There are many view from different angles.

This is a huge building in the distance.  I think it is a government hospital.

Below is very special building.   It houses the largest painting of the crucifixion in the world. It was painted by Jan Stieker many years ago.  At one time it was brought to the United States for an exhibition, but due to the war, it was not returned to the artist. Instead it was placed in a warehouse and forgotten.  

Some years back it was discovered and its value realised.   No building was large enough to house it, so this building was built especially for it. 

The painting is 45 feet high by 145 feet long.   It features Christ before He is placed on the cross, and many scenes from His life, including the shepherds, the disciples, the Pharisees, the soldiers, the women, the mob and others.

I first saw it in 1962.  Then again in 2013, 2015 and 2016.   Each time I went to Glendale I would go and see it.  Some years later a second large painting of the resurrection was added.  They are both on display, but not at the same time.  You view one, then the other drops down.

What can I say?   Can you imagine driving around and enjoying the greenery, the trees, the view?   It is so peaceful.  It is a time to remember that Jesus promised to return and raise the dead, "the the dead in Christ will rise..."at the command of the Life-giver to receive eternal life.1 Thessalonians 4: 16.17.

Below is the view from the carpark of the white building.    A wonderful view.

These are the gates I went in and out of many times over the six years I was in the States.