Christmas gift

I was very excited on Christmas morning to open my present and find a digital camera. Unfortunately I have developed RSI of the “trigger finger” as I have taken so many shots.

A few days ago I was reading an article about re-touching your photos. The article detailed how the photographer managed to make the cover-girl on the magazine look the way she did. To achieve the “acceptable” image certain things had to be changed: The whites of the eyes were whitened, the pupils were enlarged, the grey-blue iris was saturated into radiance; tiny blemishes were removed from the skin; hairs were digitally combed; the cheeks were thinned and the teeth received added sparkle. And so, eventually, this new “reality” is presented but it is a reality that is not real at all. When you stripped away all of the digital trickery you were left with a normal, good looking woman not this prefect, unattainable image we seem to crave.

Many people have attempted to “enhance” the message of Christ. Men and women have added little bits here and there to try and improve on what is underneath. But I want to encourage you for a moment to strip away 2000 years of enhancements and come again to the simple and powerful truth that you will find at the centre.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

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