HOW WAS YOUR Valentine’s Day?
Except for the hour I spent photographing Sunday School students and their families, mine would have been just another Sunday. Early to church, followed by bible study. Then brunch at home prepared by my husband.
But because I’ve recently become the go-to person to document happenings at my church, Trinity Lutheran, I pulled photography duty this morning. And I’m fine with that because I enjoy photography. Now if I was asked to give a minute-man speech (which I’ve been asked to do) or count money or serve on a board (which I’ve been asked to do), I wouldn’t do it. My talents and interests don’t lie in those areas.
Ask me to bring my camera, however, and I will likely be there.
In the one hour I covered the Sunday School’s Valentine’s Day event, I shot some 200 photos. But, because these images are for church use, I can only share a few generic photos with you.
I can tell you, though, what I witnessed. And that was kids and parents, and, yes, even some grandparents, celebrating the gift of love. Kids made valentines, stacked candy hearts and unwrapped Hershey’s kisses with mittened hands. But the most memorable moment came when parents applied sticker dots to their children’s faces—each dot representing a quality they love about their children. I heard words like beautiful, smart, kind, my first-born…
After those professions of love, the kids stuck the dots to portraits of Jesus with the children, expressing their love for Jesus.
I left feeling like I’d gotten the perfect Valentine’s Day gift—a reminder that I am—we are—loved.
TELL ME, what made your Valentine’s Day special/memorable?
© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling