“All the atoms of the earth declare My love for thee.”
“He, verily, loveth the one that turneth towards Him.”
“Grieve not at the divine trials. Be not troubled because of hardships and ordeals; turn unto God, bowing in humbleness and praying to Him, while bearing every ordeal, contented under all conditions and thankful in every difficulty. Verily thy Lord loveth His maidservants who are patient, believing and firm. He draws them nigh unto Him through these ordeals and trials.”
pj andrews/left (washington, dc, usa): The experience of taking photos for this project reflects the dynamic of the top two quotes. The challenge is to find beauty in the mundane everyday, which is, of course, both already there and infinite. The more photos you take, the better your result, the more you learn, and the more beauty you are able to mirror forth. In our search for God, the challenge is to find Him in the mundane everyday, when He, of course, already is everywhere and infinite. The more you turn towards Him, the more you learn and the more you are able to mirror forth His beauty. Just as this project allows us to focus on discovering and sharing the beauty of the world, thank God for the Fast that allows us focus on discovering and sharing the beauty of God.
bronwyn proctor/right (vancouver, bc, canada): I have always liked the grumble of hunger in my empty belly, because I feel like it’s a little signal that my body is working hard and using up what it has been given. During the Fast that grumble takes on new meaning. It reminds me to be grateful; it reminds me to appreciate beauty, to pray, to savour the feeling of lightness, to detach myself from my appetites, and (sometimes torturously) helps me appreciate the intricacies of scent and flavour. It also reminds me that I am fortunate enough to be able to say goodbye to that grumble at the end of the day, when so many are not.