A snap of the lens can capture a moment in history that sometimes leaves us with sad memories, sometimes wonderful memories.

 A granddaughter, sharing a photo of their new daughter, made the following statement. “We are amazed by her every second, ever reminding us that she is more God-made than man-made.”

Landscapes, portraits, wildlife scenes, or individual faces can so easily remind us of what Eugene H. Peterson encourages us to be in his idiomatic translation of the original Word of God.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Traditionally, those words read as follows. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16