Some friends and I visited St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans recently, and we found a lot of great photo opportunities. I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this: among all the gray stone and decay (which in itself was beautiful), this bright blue statue of Mary stood out.
It made me think of hope when it seems like we are surrounded by despair.
That in the midst of suffering, failure, loneliness or other trials…we are still God’s greatest creation, made in His image. And we reflect His love.
That in a world that is broken and in need of hope, we can let our light shine so that others might see and glorify God (Matthew 5:16).
Church, as we look in the mirror, we may not always like what we see in ourselves and around us. But we have been forgiven, cleansed, anointed and called. And the world needs us to stand among them and show them the beauty of the Gospel.