“To love another person is to see the face of God”- they sing this in Le Mis and it makes me cry everytime.

This is the quintessence of our life in Christ. He makes his home in me, and so all that I do, He does through me.

This past year has been filled with trial for my family. I really tried to be one of those supportive daughters, and I did my best to let Christ love my family through me.

And He has done wonders in my family. Yet lately, I’ve been going through some weird shit… emotionally, physically, and spiritually.I usually like to keep things to myself, but literally could not hold back the tears the other day.My mom and dad spend the next hour loving me, giving me advice, praying for me, and being the loving hand of God to me.

I am not alone. Even if I feel like I’m lonely all the time due to my extreme introversion.It’s so nice to hear from God that he thinks about me and to feel his hand on my cheek.I’ve been learning that community is essential to life in Christ, and I truly hope that He will help me to become better at community. Not just in my family, but to the outside world.¬†Because the world so desperately needs to feel His hand on their cheek. And they need to hear Him say that He will never leave them alone.

Here are some pictures of my Mom and Dad when we went on a trail at Red Top this afternoon.

Posted by:Crystal Anne Downs

I am a professional photographer and unprofessional sociologist pursuing creative outlets that lead to beauty, social justice, and peace in this world.

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