Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday! This week’s Midweek Musings post is filled with lots of pictures (yay!) and a little bit more depth than is typical of these ramblings. Here’s to hoping the pretty photos get you through it 🙂
- Last week we got together with Annamarie from Annamarie Akins Photography in D.C. and she took some amazing belated anniversary photos for us! I may be biased as a photographer but I really cherish having photos taken at various points in life – even if there’s no excuse for it and nothing to technically “celebrate” – because shouldn’t every new passing year of life be a celebration? Here’s one of my favorites!
- On Tuesday I got up at the ripe old time of 4:15am to drive to Baltimore for Vanessa and Dave’s engagement shoot! They booked me about a year ago to photograph their October wedding but this was our first time meeting. We had the most amazing sunrise and golden hour light for their waterfront session at Fell’s Point and I loved getting to know them!
- This week I’ve been thinking a lot about brokenness and renewal in light of the shooting in Orlando on Sunday. Why is there so much brokenness in our world – both large and small scale? And why can’t we see more renewal happening around us even though we are more knowledgable, technologically advanced and connected than ever? I feel greedy for it. I write this in a coffee shop in Fell’s Point in Baltimore as dozens of people filter in and out having conversations with the owner/barista about things breaking in their own lives. Almost everyone seems to have something: a fractured relationship, a dying friend in the hospital, a struggling business, a child overdosing on drugs. An older man passes by me in his wheelchair and seems to hammer the point home. Brokenness is a reality of our current lives. Personal anecdotes as well as the weekly news testify to this. But God says that we have hope. Not just that the bad things will go away – but that they will be turned to, and used for good. He says, “Behold, I am making all things new. These words are trustworthy and true.
Jesus is not just about personal “salvation” as a lot of conservative and one-dimensional evangelicals teach, but about renewal of ALL creation because God has chosen to make his dwelling place among man…because he loves us deeply and died willingly on a cross “for the joy set before him.” (Hebrews 12:2). That joy is us! “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelations 21:3) Some people call these verses and the faith they represent crazy-talk and wishful fairytale thinking, but I happen to believe it’s the truth of our reality that is BIGGER and stronger than any brokenness in this world!
- On a lighter note, Courtney and Josh finally got married this weekend at a gorgeous 8 Chains North Winery wedding! I met Courtney over a year ago and had been waiting for her wedding with a lot of anticipation. This girl is a stellar planner and is so attentive to every little details so I knew I’d be in for a treat! She certainly didn’t disappoint!