The next prompt in Writing in the Margins:
While you access to world news, find an image –a face—of someone far across the word. Look at the shape and color of their eyes, the turn of their smile, and notice their other unique features. Now turn in your Bible to the priestly benediction in Numbers 6:24-26 and write a prayer for the Lord’s blessing and keeping of the stranger whose photo you engaged.
The church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina was not in the news when I first started working on this verse. The photo of one young boy in a baseball uniform and his beautiful mother with a smile that could light up a room pulled at my heart strings. I just couldn’t imagine him losing his mother at such a young age. You could feel the love between them in the picture. I read that he often told her that she spent too much time at church, but for her to die at church, to be shot at church is unfathomable.
After a few days, he was still on my mind and I decided his picture was the one I wanted in my Bible next to this verse. I went to search for it again and found that this same young man spoke about his mother at a press conference. His words are words that everyone should hear….
Love is stronger than hate, so if we just love the way my mom would, then the hate won’t be anywhere close to where the love is.
I’ll be praying for you Chris Singleton and your brother and sister because you can never have too many prayers.
(To add the picture to the text, I found a picture that I liked, increased the brightness just a little so that the text would show through clearly, and printed it on clear “Repositionable window decals” from Staples. When I went to Staples, I was looking for clear label paper, but this was the best I could find. I was really happy with how the decals work for Bible Journaling because they stick well, but they really are repositionable.)