Friday, February 7, 2020

Black & White Images

Daily Gratitude Year 8- Day 38: Today, I am grateful for black and white pictures. 

I have always been a fan of black and white pictures. They have a timeless quality to them that color pictures never achieve. The colors in many older pictures fade and change over time. The early color film pictures leave us wondering what they looked like when they were new. The old black and white images have an air of flawlessness. 

There was an senior gentleman who took pictures at the children's daycare. Spaulding Slevin was a gem. Some said he could barely see, but he took the best pictures. He stamped, "No God no peace;know God know peace." on the back of each board mounted black and white image. We still have his pictures on the wall downstairs. The black and white images still look good after all of these years. 

Black and white is clean. It works in fashion and decor, too. I was just looking at some classic Hollywood images from the days before color. The skin looks flawless and Photoshop did not exist. 

So much of this world operates in "the gray" areas. In simpler times, things were more "black and white"... or at least they appeared to be. In truth, there have always been instances where we have to look beyond the letter of the law and act with compassion. 

Jesus healed a man's hand on the Sabbath. He stood up for the woman about to be stoned for adultery by challenging her accusers with these words,“All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust."-John 8:7-8  The accusers slipped away quietly. The case was suddenly not as "black and white". 

If only life were as uncomplicated as a good black and white image. Then again, in the messy places is often where we learn the most about His unfailing love, mercy, grace and faithfulness. Get the picture?

Today, I am grateful for black and white pictures.

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