Gateway to the West

As I look up at this great structure towering 630 feet, or 63 stories, above the ground I’m standing on, I am amazed at how simply complex it is. The Gateway Arch. I’m finally seeing it in person!

As it spans a width of 630 feet at ground level and boasts 53 foot wide legs, it is hard to comprehend how so much steel could be twisted into such a neat structure. And not only that, but this 17,246 ton structure has a tram in it!?! Crazy.

Trying to fit into into my frame with my camera’s not-super-wide lens is quite the challenge. So, while I wandered around the arch trying to get a semi-decent shot, I took some moments to think about what it represented. Built in 1965, it was meant to be a reminder of the pioneers who saw St. Louis as the Gateway to the West when crossing the Mississippi to start a new life and settle the new territory.

The history of the role of St. Louis in westward expansion is embodied in the arch. Similarly, we Christians look to Christ as our gateway to heaven.

Only by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer and ask for forgiveness can we begin our path forward.

“Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.'” John 14:5-7

And while the arch is standing their to remind us of the great journey many made to the west to begin a new life, we have the cross to remind us of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us so that we might each begin a new life with Him. It is really quite amazing to think about. Much more amazing than the feeling I had while standing below the gigantic arch.

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