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Frozen in Time
What parent doesn’t enjoy proudly displaying photos of their kids? Come on...our kids grace just about every wall of our home. And I am truly blessed to have a mother-in-law who has generously made it a tradition to have her grandkids’ photos taken professionally every year. We got new shots done of Avery and Nathan just last week.
Sometimes it’s very difficult for me when I switch out photos to update my children’s pictures. I have photos on top of our mantle of all three kids. But only 2 get switched out regularly. Billy’s remains his 4 1/2 month photo in his adorable blue corduroy overalls. It’s a painful reminder of my inability to watch Billy grow up. As I notice the changes in Avery and Nathan as they grow and mature, I wonder what Billy would have looked like at each photo change.
And yet- as good-looking as I do believe my children are- I am reminded in 1 Corinthians that we await an even greater, in fact, “perfect” appearance. When our bodies are resurrected with Christ, they will no longer bear the flaws that sin, disease, and aging etch on our earthly bodies. In 1 Corinthians 15: 42-44, Paul mentions that “The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”
So I’m going to try to keep this in perspective when I change the photos and dust off Billy’s-- His life did not just stop at 5 months as it appears by his unchanging picture on the mantle. The glorification of his body in the presence of God is just far too beautiful to be captured in an earthly frame.