Thursday, March 19, 2009

Despair

If you enjoy that sinking pit of despair in your chest, when the weight of the world seems to bear down on your rib cage, when the pressure of events out of your control clench down on your lungs, when you feel so small and insignificant it feels as if the few gasps that you can produce won't be heard, when the complexity entangles you with such fear you don't know where to turn and you heart shrivels up and feels as if you can never feel life again... then look at these pictures.

Seriously, it's 35 pictures from around the world taken over the last two years titled "Scenes From the Recession".

I genuinely believe the emotions evoked from viewing the pictures are healthy. The reality of the empty hopes and false dreams that this world has to offer will challenge your world view, your aspirations, your faith.

Thoughts? What kind of emotions do these pictures evoke in you?

7 comments:

Scott said...

There is something about #32... you have a homeless man, living in a tent city, and yet - there is the symbol of freedom, the American flag... very powerful image.

Overall, not all the images impacted me - but a lot of them did...

That said, just driving around town, near freeway on/off-ramps... seeing men and women holding signs: "out of work and hungry" that pulls at the heart...


Some of them are real. Some of them make more a year than I do by begging... I've seen a guy on the street begging - toss him a dollar or so, then a phone rings and he pulls out an iPhone...

When we were in Portland and walking to the waterfront - all the people under the overpass... really sad...

DK said...

For some reason all of the barren, over grown, dilapidated half built housing developments really hit me hard. So many people had so many grandiose hopes and dreams that were swept out from under them. The interesting thing is i think their hopes and dreams were misplaced, but it still breaks my heart. I think it is because I know how alluring this world can be...

Jeremy said...

I found #16 fascinating. It didn't really cause despair, but to see the weight of the situation on the face of the mom (also in #15) and then the way the kid's faces are rather care free and fun loving.

We love our houses. I wonder if that is why we build such large church buildings?

I imagine those kids love spending all that time with their folks. And when they are adults, they will not look back on this as huge injustice, but rather with fond memories.

DK said...

Interesting thoughts Jeremy! Thanks for sharing.

Joe said...

More evidence of the last days. It's conditions such as these that will prompt the world to seek out that global government and the one leader that will promise nirvana but deliver death.

We all need to place our hope and faith Christ who supplies all our needs (not our wants).

Sober post, indeed.

Jerald said...

I had a friend of mine as me if we really should rejoice that the old enemy mammon has been dealt a blow.

These immages are difficult to see and so are many immages of a fallen world.

I may be faced with difficult financial issues too but I know who I can hope in - my hope can only be in the provision of a loving God and Savior.

DK said...

Jerald, I understand where you friend is coming from, but I find it hard to rejoice in the face of such pain and suffering in the lives of those around me. This seems too close to a vindictive pride driven "I was right and now you are bearing the burden of your mistakes and false hopes."

While this is a truthful statement, thank God that He did not look at me swimming in my own depravity and say the same thing!

Instead he sent His Son and died for my mistakes and false hopes. If we truly know this love, we will turn and lay down our life as a sacrifice for those around us who are hurting.

Far more deserving of rejoicing and far more powerful of a witness, as you said, is to rejoice in the hope we have in a loving God and Savior.