IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #582 – A shrine of grace amongst a maize field

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We came across this roadside chapel on NM blue road US 187 just north of Hatch, NM. This was truly a place filled with a sense of amazing grace amongst the working farms of the Rio Grande valley along this beautiful road. It was filled with such peace that was showered on us for the rest of the day.

May you find such peace on your journey! ††† en theos ††† jimwork

Photos on the journey #426


Once again, the treasures found on the lesser traveled road.

This little chapel named Mission Mary, built in 1902 is on FM 3078 near the old TX township of Calera.  You will not find Calera on any road map. Google Calera and you will find Calera, Alabama or Oklahoma. Calera in Spanish means Lime kiln or Lime pit. Calera, Texas is located in Southern Reeves County, Texas, two miles west of the famous San Solomon Springs at Balmorhea State Park. It is not known if Lime was ever mined at Calera ,but lime is present. To many former residents and families of residents, Calera holds a special place in their heart. Although life must have been hard in this beautiful semi-arid desert, residents talk about life at Calera fondly. Calera is a story of how humans migrate to areas with resources for life, a story of missionaries who follow the people and tend to their spiritual needs, the modernization that comes with time and finally people moving on when the resources for life disappear.

It is open to the public and other than a dead mouse, we had the quiet & beauty of the place all to ourselves.

Pezful ez feelin’ @U ††† en theos ††† jlawrence