Five-Minute Friday (Morning)

We mark our days by the turning of the calendar, the moving of the clock of the rising and setting of the sun. This time of year, day breaks gentle in the south, the sun inching its way up earlier and earlier until morning has broken.

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What an odd turn of words to say morning has broken but it has broken the darkness, split it wide open, though not in a dramatic way, parting the night in one huge entrance. No, the day breaks incrementally, easing its way across the sky until all darkness is gone.

We have been shooting into the light this week in my photography class. It’s class on stillness, really. Creating still life vignettes, learning a bit about composition, what is pleasing to the eye. Learning more about light and its importance to all of life. This week we turn the usual photography wisdom on its head and let the light take center stage. Instead of it illuminating our subject it is behind casting its glorious beams all around creating a challenge for the photographer. A challenge to learn about this light.

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I thought this was just a photography class. I wanted to learn from this professional whose work I’ve admired on Instagram for a while now. But as God so cleverly crafts our life, gentle like the morning dawn that splits the darkness, He is crafting this too. I am ever reminded that He is the light of the world. That his light casts out all darkness and the darkness will not overtake him.

Our world is very dark at times. As a novice photographer, shooting at night has been the most challenging. Darkness threatens to overwhelm with its heavy weight. But the Light, Jesus, has overcome the darkness. He is the morning sun that though may seem hidden by clouds at times, is always there. His light, illuminating our lives, lighting the darkened way, bidding us to follow.

I’m going to a park near our house today to hopefully photograph the horses. Hoping they will be playful in this chilled morning, when the light is coming from the east, watching its golden glow, being reminded God is here.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and host of bloggers for this wildly fun free-writing time called Five-Minute Friday.Β 

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

15 thoughts on “Five-Minute Friday (Morning)

  1. Beth Hendrickson

    Your photos are beautiful! What a wonderful way to look at light and darkness–the connection between photography and faith is gripping. Good luck with the horses today! Visiting from FMF.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks for stopping by, Beth, and for your kind words.

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  2. joanneviola

    Beautiful in both word and photos!

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  3. Melissa

    Beautiful photos. My husband is a forensic photographer. He has seen the darkness and knows the importance of lighting. He says “light is the life of a photo”. He relies on his faith and the light of God in the darkness. Visiting from FMF #35 Have a beautiful morning photographing the horses.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      A forensic photographer? That sounds fascinating, Melissa. I must agree that I see light as life too. Even in the darkness πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Anita Ojeda

    Beautiful photographs, Debby! And how cool that you’re learning the spiritual discipline of stillness whilst improving your photography skills!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      That part of the photo class was a definite surprise, Anita, but seems to work that way a lot πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

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  5. Gabriele

    Learning one thing always leads to insights into other realms. You illustrated so well. Good morning!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Yes, Gabriele, I really appreciate that too. Unexpected bonuses all around. πŸ™‚

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  6. Tara

    Beautiful photos. I love the direction you went with your post. Light does indeed overcome darkness. I’m over in the #14 spot this week.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks Tara. We get some pretty storm weather down here but the sun has never failed to shine again. A faithful reminder from God of his light, I’m sure.

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  7. Linda Stoll

    How cool to take a class, to share your work, to have the images you’ve captured so very beautifully illustrate your words.

    What a pleasure, Debby …

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Thank you Linda. I’m working on it πŸ™‚

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  8. Mama's Empty Nest

    Beautiful photographs, Debby! Along with beautiful thoughts.

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