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Recognizing Resilience: Blast From the Past-Photography Edition

Psalm 77: 11-14

What were your favorite memories?

It is rare that anyone giving relationship advice would recommend looking at your phone. However, following the advice of the original article that started this journey of reflection, I picked up my phone and scrolled through the photographic memories marking my pandemic journey. I expected to find the reel filled with family – because let’s face it, there wasn’t a whole lot of socializing happening in 2020 or 2021. What surprised me, however, was the number of photographs I found that included you, my church family. From parking lot tailgates to bike rides in the parking lot, from outdoor worship to Earth art installations, we found ways to gather together. We celebrated weddings, we gathered for funerals, we welcomed new babies, and we carried on with our ministry and mission. The proof is right there in my 2020 and 2021 photo albums. 

These pictures bring a smile to my face. When I look at them, I can remember the joy of each moment; and in hindsight I can see the fingerprints of God all over them. The words of the Psalm come to mind here: 

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; 
will remember your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all your work, 
and muse on your mighty deeds. 
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have displayed your might among the peoples. 

These photographs call to mind the wondrous and mysterious ways that God continues to make a way. No matter what, God is working among us, around us, within us… and here’s the photographic proof.