"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

Portrait #8—The Fat Tuesday Girl

Posted in 50 Portraits Project (2013), Friends, Photography, Portraits by matt on Saturday, February 23, 2013

A photo of the sweet Mardi Gras girl.

The adorable Mardi Gras girl, Kurdistan, Iraq

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A year of 50 posed portraits with only one light; a project designed to improve my camera work while blessing the people I encounter. You can see older portraits here, read the rules of the project here, or leave a comment below with your feedback.

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Our Big, Fat Tuesday Party

Posted in Day-To-Day, Friends, Photography, Theological by matt on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Did you know there’s a whole calendar designed to help Christians follow Jesus more passionately?! I didn’t.

I’m only just discovering how beautiful it can be to track with this schedule—mostly thanks to our teammates here. In all honesty, when they proposed a Mardi Gras party, I was a little uncertain.

Having seen Bourban St. first-hand just a couple days after Mardi Gras’ end, the day doesn’t have very good connotations for me. I still remember tip-toing around vomit and asking a mime for directions away from the stank.

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But, originally, Fat Tuesday was about penitence and preparation for Lent, a special time for prayer, fasting, repentance, and charity—all things I need in my life!

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So on Tuesday night we got together and ate extremely well; then we played and laughed and prayed and posed riddles until, finally, we cleaned everything up in silence and went home without a word.

This whimsy happened a week ago (you see how long it takes me to edit pictures and write up a post), but I’m hoping to carry some of the challenges of Fat Tuesday on into Lent.

I’m trying to re-ask myself questions like who do I really believe Jesus is? What does he want me to do and be? And what needs to change so I can move more deeply into his life?

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What about you? Any sharable stories from Lent, Advent, or some other part of the Christian calendar? Any thoughts or encouragements you could give a noob? I’d love to hear from you.

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