Cultivate & Create

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At our staff retreat last Thursday I shared some thoughts about “stones of remembrance” and suggested that the point is REMEMBERING and not the stones. I have some stuff I’ve collected hither and yon that serve more as stones than souvenirs. The difference?  A souvenir reminds me of something I’ve done or seen — that is, something I’ve accomplished or experienced. A stone reminds me of who God is and what He has done.  Stones point to God.

I was thinking this morning that photography, for me as it might be for you, is a way of both remembering the stuff of life (who was at an event, what happened, where I’ve been, how big the plant was when I put it in the ground, and other such information) as well as a way of participating in life.

I see differently when I look through a camera lens with an eye to create an image that more accurately remembers something. Photography is a way that I cultivate and create in my living and, when I am co-creating with God intentionally, those images can sometimes be stones too.

While I might be able to create better images with a more complex camera and other equipment (I’m sure of it, in fact), it does not require all the bells and whistles. My simple digital point and shoot does well to help me see and remember.

3 thoughts on “Cultivate & Create

  1. Chris W. says:

    We picked up a new stone of remembrance on Sunday. We were concerned about living all the way out in Isle of Pines and having to drive 30 or 40 minutes to the hospital when Christie went into labor–not a pleasant experience to drive that far in so much pain.

    Well…Christie went into labor after church at the Orlando Science Center on Sunday, so we only had a short 10 minute (maybe less) drive to the hospital, and things moved quite quickly after we arrived.

    Our stone of remembrance is the wristband from the OSC–I actually haven’t even gotten around to cutting mine off yet, so I have my pink hospital band right alongside my OSC admission band. 🙂

  2. Ruth Hubbard says:

    Very cool, Chris. I’m rejoicing with you both at the birth of your beautiful baby girl and at God’s provision in having you close to the hospital at just the right time.

  3. Lois Thorpe says:

    Ruth, well said! Two thoughts:
    1. Wycliffe-member friends of mine call their newsletter ‘standing stones’ (or something like that) for that reason.
    2. When I was on Home Service last fall, a 5-year-old I know asked me ‘What do you collect?’ My first response was ‘Nothing’, which really had him stumped… ‘Not rocks? Not bugs?’ So then I thought, well, I collect photographs – they are like collecting images of God’s creation, memories of something that I have seen and enjoyed. He didn’t find it nearly as profound as I did, but it still brings a smile to my face to think about it and the collection of ‘remembering’ that I have.

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