Tomorrow is February 1st and many people will be turning their thoughts to love and Valentine’s Day.
Today I am thinking of the powerful and inspiring message Susan and I heard yesterday at Edwards Church in Northampton, Massachusetts.
I am a long-time member of the church. My children, Danielle and Daryl, were both baptized at the church and attended Sunday School; I even served as a Sunday School teacher a few times!
But yesterday was the first day I attended services in a long time (Danielle, who is getting married at the church on June 25 of this year, sat with Susan and I, along with her wonderful fiance, Mike.).
It was, for me, a happy homecoming. I was greeted by many old and dear friends: The Rev. Peter Kakos; David Kidwell, the minister of music; and Bill, Sue, Janet, Sandra, Chris, Nancy, Jim, Mark and others. Stephanie waved from the choir, which, I might add, is one of the greatest choirs in all of New England!
But more importantly was Peter’s sermon message. A message about how we can best nourish our spirit and soul. A message about the importance of fellowship. Of music. Of prayer. Of love.
Today, the words of Paul the Apostle resound within me:
“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or clanging cymbal”
Love, I believe, is essential to my communication with others.
And love is the most important part of any message that I communicate to others.
It is love that fuels my vision, my art. And it is love that directs me to share this art and vision with the world.
Love guides my Nature Photography:
Love prospers my Portrait Photography:
Love blesses my Documentary Photography:
Wherever I go, I believe, the light of love goes with me, and I add something of enduring value to that which I take part. Loving words and acts, gifts, art, say what perhaps nothing else could.
So I begin and end all my conversation and photographic creations from a loving heart.