Sunday, January 25, 2009

Opportunity and Responsibility Springs Eternal...

I saw this picture on The Year In Pictures - check it out, you'll probably love it. Anyhow, in the post linked above, the author is sharing Annie Leibovitz's thoughts on Dorothea Lange (particularly this photo) and on photography in general.
Although this photo, "Migrant Mother" (1936), is described by Ms. Leibovitz as "the most important photograph of Dorothea Lange’s life and the iconic picture of the Depression", I find it to be completely relevant to today.
The following is one of my favorite prayers, I share it with you now in hopes that you'll meditate on the reality of the shelter and help God always provides.
From the Bahá’í Writings:
"O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.
O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.
Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy!
Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me.
Thine is the absolute authority to command."
- The Báb


Susanna-Cole said...

That photo "Migrant Mother" is immensely haunting and telling, and as you said, it is somewhat relevant today... scarily enough we seem to be sinking into what could another great depression.

Anyway, great prayer to reflect on though, and thanks for your sweet comment! <3


j'taimee said...

Glad you liked - I find that, with so many people uncertain about the future of their jobs and the stress that comes along with that uncertainty, this prayer has a fantastic calming effect. In a "let's put this in perspective" kind of way.

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