writing with light

Throughout Scripture, the word light is used as a metaphor for so many things: for goodness, for truth, salvation, life. Light also represents the Word of God and even God Himself. Just as Jesus is the true light and the light of the world, so also are believers in Him called the sons and children of light.

Light expresses the spiritual illumination of knowledge, and as Christians our knowledge comes from the Lord and His Word. In fact, Psalm 119 points to the Word of God as the direct source of illumination: the unfolding of your word gives light.

The essay in this blog attempts to do just that, to unfold the word of the Lord, to shine a light of His love and truth for fellow believers who find refuge in the promises in the pages of Scripture.

This blog endeavors to write with light in 2 primary ways:

1 • Written reflections on the Scriptures, with essays that focus on searching out the deep truths revealed in the Word and on applying these Biblical truths to our real lives in practical ways.

2 • Original photography with overprinted Scripture to accompany posts and pages.


The essays in this blog will fall into 4 primary categories:

S i l v e r   •  Essays in this category will focus on edification, being more instructional in nature, perhaps with a bent toward historical context and cross-referencing.

S h a d e  • Essays will focus on encouragement, attempting to put forth real applications of Biblical truth for everyday living and trying hard to push past the shallow platitudes so common to our daily experience.

S h i n e  •  Essays will focus on evangelism, carrying His light and life to others.

I r o n  o n  I r o n  • Essays will be writings by other authors, sharpening our understanding of the Word with fresh perspectives from other voices.


[  a closer look  →  Photography  ]

At first glance, photographs may not seem to have much to do with writing. But taking the word photography back to its roots reveals a beautiful image that combines the art and mechanics of picture-making.

From the Greek pho·tos (ϕοτοσ) meaning light and -graph·os (γραοσ) meaning writing, the word photography means writing with light.

Quite literally, a photograph captures the light of a scene and etches it onto paper. What we perceive as a family portrait or a candid snapshot is actually just the outlines of highlights and shadow, the flattening out of depth and color.

In this way, a photograph–no matter how stunning or vivid or meticulously altered–is merely the copy and shadow of our own reality–a tangible example of God’s calling this very world a copy and shadow of what is in Heaven (Hebrews 8:5).


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