Parting Shot


By Eric Mattson

One of the things I like to do is grab one lens and head out the door. This forces me to concentrate on the strengths and limitations of that particular lens. It also helps expand my vision by limiting it with intentionality for a purpose. Sounds kind of like discipleship. Picked this day was a vintage lens (a Nikkor 55mm lens with an f/1.2 aperture). What is in focus with this lens is only a sliver when opened up like a dilated pupil in your eye. As I walked along this fence, I saw something which stuck out. It made me think of Luke 15:4, which says “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?” This is how God thinks. This is how I believe God wants me to think. My intention was to capture an image which says to me God loves unconditionally, God loves those who are broken or hurting or different, God redeems those who realize they cannot fix themselves.