Shadows that point to the light

On a recent trip to the field, I snapped this pic­ture as the sun shrunk towards the hori­zon and the shad­ows grew long. 

I’ve always had a fas­ci­na­tion with shad­ows. As I stud­ied this pic­ture, I thought about how when we live with­in the light of the Father, our lives leave shad­ows’ for those around us to see.

Shad­ows that point to the source of light — the Son. 

This image of the lit­tle boy stirs my heart for all the things he was made to do. Unique­ly fash­ioned with a spe­cif­ic set of gifts, abil­i­ties and a divine­ly inspired per­son­al­i­ty. He was made to do great things, to leave an impact on the world around him, to point oth­ers to the Son. 

He is deeply loved by his Cre­ator and made for a spe­cial purpose.

Thank­ful­ly, this lit­tle one is being nur­tured, cared for and loved in a safe place; liv­ing in one of our hos­tels and going to one of our high-qual­i­ty schools. I’m glad all the things plant­ed with­in him by the Cre­ator will have a chance to grow and flourish.

I am remind­ed of the sad real­i­ty, how­ev­er, that there are many oth­ers like him; born for a unique pur­pose, deeply loved and immea­sur­ably val­ued, whose world is vast­ly dif­fer­ent. It’s heart break­ing that in this bro­ken world, not all have the chance to learn, grow, be nur­tured and thrive into all they were made to be. 

Would you give a gift today to send a lit­tle one to school? The world is wait­ing for them. And they are wait­ing for you. Will you pro­vide the light that helps them to shine?

"He was made to do great things, to leave an impact on the world around him, to point others to the Son."

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