As I have shared previously, I’ve been learning much about the word bloom. The final definition that I would like to share with you comes from the world of photography. While the concept of bloom in photography is not necessarily a preferred result for those who are taking pictures, it is the most fabulous result in the lives of God’s children.
This is a picture that I took on the campus of Redeemer School in the early spring of 2021. I was intent on capturing the early daffodils that had started to bloom, even when the air was still crisp. I am not a photographer and I take pictures with my phone, so I had no idea that I needed to anticipate the bloom that would occur in this photo.
Bloom in photography occurs when cameras take a picture of a very bright object (like the sun), and the light is so intense that it doesn’t just affect one part of the image. The light streaks out from the light source and creates a supernova-like effect that can consume a significant portion of the photo.
The light captures the scene….
In our world, it is easy to get caught up in the darkness. In the past year and a half, we have been faced with countless disappointments, challenges, fears, and a lack of unity. A privilege of my role as Head of School is that I get to walk through our campus and visit classrooms daily. This is a privilege because when I experience darkness, the light of Christ always captures the scene. Our students and staff bloom with the light of Christ. I hear TK students wanting to share the love of Jesus with others. I see reading buddies unite with a common purpose, even though they differ in age and interests. I see our children praying for one another without being asked to do so. I see our teachers nurturing genuine relationships with our students as they see each child as an image-bearer with unique talents and abilities.
This light that I see on our campus is not our own. As our Doctrinal Statement ends, which is taken from B.B. Warfield’s Brief & Simple Statement of the Reformed Faith, “And to Him, our Redeemer, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, Three Persons, one God, be glory forever, world without end, Amen, and Amen.”