WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge
When this week’s photo challenge, DISTORTED, was announced, I knew immediately which photo I wanted to use even though it might be a bit uncomfortable for some (and maybe it should be for all of us).
Last November while in New York City on vacation, I snapped this picture. It was slightly out of focus when I downloaded it from my camera and I added a filter setting in Photoshop which actually brought it somewhat more into focus.
I’ve looked at this particular photo a lot and it’s caused me to think about how when we view a human soul without the filter of compassion, it can cause a distorted, judgmental view. What we see as dirty, God sees as clean. What we see as broken, God sees as whole. What we see as abandoned, God sees as adopted as His own. What we see as valueless, God sees as valuable through His love, grace and mercy.
I’ve attached a very small music file (under a minute). You can listen to it – or not, it’s all good. It’s the first verse to a hymn written in the 1700s and when I was thinking about this post, I couldn’t get the hymn out of my head:
JUST AS I AM *sung by Brian Doerksen
Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.