Monday, May 21, 2012


STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO: Picture Praise, 5/21/12

This photo was actually taken by my daughter, at 12-years-old, while we were visiting a Bedouin family in a rural village in Northern Jordan.  We were privileged to take our children out to this family’s tent to help them ‘move’ out of their summer tent and into their winter one. It was a long day, a huge project, but an interesting view of the life of these simple people.
What blessed me through this experience was seeing how my children interacted with these simple people and how my daughter was able to use her camera as a way of keeping the day interesting. She had fun with the Bedouin children, painting finger nails, taking their pictures, just being with these children in their home.  The picture she took reminded me of the ways we touch others lives, just by our presence, and the way this family impacted ours in their simplicity and their genuineness. 

In our fast-paced lives, it is easy to forget those less fortunate and even easier to take for granted the luxuries we afford.  I was encouraged by Proverbs 31:20, “She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”   Romans 12:9 says "our love should be genuine" and verse 16  says to "live in harmony with one another, not to be haughty, but associate with the lowly."  I am reminded of how children, given the opportunity, can easily cross this chasm between the poor and rich just by being with one another and sharing the common experience of living.  

photographer: Kelly Nutter's daughter, Middle East.

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