Parting Shot


By Eric Mattson

Well-known portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz noted, “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” She was personally close with writer/essayist Susan Sontag who observed, “All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” That may be true about photography, but is it true of discipleship? To be a disciple doesn’t mean we have to be Wonder Woman in IMAX 3D for Christ; we need only learn to love like Christ. A disciple becomes exceptional in the ordinary things. We learn to love by participating in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. A disciple testifies to time’s relentless melt and God’s relentless redemption/transformation by slicing out a moment and falling in love with the people God loves.