Photos are Memory Enhancers
Yesterday, Friday the 19th, marks 322 weeks since we lost our precious Brianna. Though the day and date only coincide once or twice a year, yet I thought it fitting to do a blog, my first for 2021.
Recently, I’ve been looking through pictures Brianna shot while flying. Because they were taken from her camera while revamping some pages on her website. I was amazed to find a number of pictures, never seen before, which she took from the air. A few of these are very unique and special and that is why I’m including them here. Though we are all special and unique in God’s eyes, some have opportunity to express that uniqueness in ways that bless others. But more than that, it captures something of the creative touch the photographer brings to the shot.
These pictures are not only a first to us, but bring to mind how much Brianna
enjoyed photography with her aviation. We can only imagine what pictures she
would have recorded from some where in the earth, had she been permitted to live.
Oh how we miss her and long for that Day, when we will see her again.
Three of these shots are from Yosemite National Park. These are very exquisite and
can be only taken from a helicopter or airplane. Brianna never told us of these
pictures. As a child, she had the privilege to visit the Park every month of the year,
since we lived only 40 minutes from YNP. Having an annual pass, for a number of
years made it all the worthwhile. Thus, Brianna grew up with a love of this Park,
evidenced from the many pictures she has taken as she grew older.
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As we reflect back on these memories, now six years and a couple months later, we
are grateful for these many pictures she has left on record for us. They are a “piece
of her life” which we still have that we cherish so much.
When we see what is happening in our world and the pressures and stress young people are enduring under the pandemic, the depression that elementary children and high schoolers are experiencing being separate, is truly disheartening. All the stresses that have spun off as a result of the lockdowns, amid all the societal changes these past 12 months, it is a relief in our case to know that our daughter has been spared from all these increasing troubles coming on the world. She is in safe-keeping. However, we know many families with young children; we can only pray for them.
These truly are trying times we are living in. But no matter how
challenging the issues of life may bring, no matter the crisis we
are facing, we can have confidence that there is One who said,
“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Heb 13:5) He assures
us of His presence, “It is I, do not be afraid”, for the Peace Giver
says, “Peace I leave with you.” (John 6:20; 14:27).All who put
their trust in Him, He will be with them till the end of the
And when that great Day comes, when Brianna will be called from her dusty bed, along with all the righteous saints sleeping, there will be one grand reunion. We will never more part. Now is the time of preparation for that great event. I hope you are making that preparation.