above photo by jan grarup
"a fine line"
how can life be so good and so bad
so beautiful and so ugly
full of love and peace and joy
and cruel and cold
how can ones life be cared for, so sheltered,
so loved, with a future of hope.
and anothers even before birth be robbed
of the precious gifts we immediately inherit,
instead born into disease with a belly full of nothing.
there's a fine line.
that lives in the world today.
a line inside me and you.
what are we doing.
who am i.
and what can we,
what can i,
do, to make a difference.
....yeah. one of those mornings. it sneaks right up on you without warning.
this is about as much opening my heart in public as i have ever done, please don't cast judgements on my words.
i came across the above photo by Jan Grarup while flipping through the new "communication arts: photo annual". immediatley i was struck. humbled and greatful for where i am and what i have. it is these photos that make you feel so ignorant and small. why am i so previledged? what is going on out there?!! how could this be? (the accompanied text to the photo reads as; "the darfur/chad crisis: a few hundred people have sought refuge under a tree after thier village was burned to the ground. khadija is blind and cares for her grandson, abdullahi, while his mother, maryam, is out collecting firewood and water for the small family. it is during these dangerous trips that women are often attacked by militias and are either raped or beaten. men would be killed instantly."
...the devil, roameth about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" 1 peter 5:8.
it is sickening. we are the blind.
and i ask myself, what can i do? (and the even darker question do i want to? - to look the lion right in the face.)
wow. my work is on the complete other side of the spectrum. weddings. my job is to visually put a story together of a couples love for one another. a celebration. families coming together. tears of happiness and joy and love. and i love my job. seeing the above photo reminds me of how powerful and important the camera is. could i ever put myself there? i want to... and then i don't.