I have to admit, when my friend Angela asked me to take pictures at the graveside service for her father, I was humbled, honored … and a little bit afraid.
I’d never taken shots of such a reverent event before. What was the protocol? How could I, with just a camera and a few short minutes at graveside, honor this man I’d never met, who had faithfully served his country, humbly led his family to know and love God, and impacted the lives of so many? Could a picture even capture a moment like this?
I often feel that when God calls me to photograph an event, my presence there isn’t so much about taking pictures as it is about praying for the people who attend. If I can tell the story later with the images I’ve captured, that’s God’s doing too.
Being in the presence of Angela’s family on this heartbreaking day was an incredible blessing. I have been so inspired by Angela’s blog posts about what her family has walked through during these past few weeks. I can honestly say my faith is stronger because of knowing her and watching her family’s grace during this difficult time.
And, I must also tell you that I am truly looking forward to the day I will meet in heaven this amazing man that I didn’t have the opportunity to know on earth.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you , I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. ”