17 September 2009

Fingerprint Friday

Steven Curtis Chapman sings:

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God

And I know its true

You're a masterpiece

That all creation quietly applauds

And you're covered with

The fingerprints of God

PamperingBeki challenges bloggers each Friday to discover, recognize, see and share God's fingerprints with the rest of the world. See instructions to join in here. Also check the other blogs linked there to see more great Fingerprints!

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Last weekend I was honored to serve as official photographer for the SMA Walk and Roll. Children with spinal muscular atrophy typically lose (or never have) voluntary muscle control. That means, depending upon when the disease strikes, they may lose the ability to crawl, sit up or walk. Some even lack the ability to swallow. In many cases, SMA is fatal.

These children cope and survive in a world where they see others able to move freely and function wholly. Parents of these children know their angels may not be with them for long. Friends of these families witness the pain, suffering and challenges faced, as well as triumphs, courage and compassion modeled, by children diagnosed with SMA.

Each year, children with SMA and their families and friends gather to raise money for necessary equipment and hopefully one day, a cure. Participants run, walk, skate, bike, roll, volunteer, and sometimes just hand out medals to those who cross the finish line, to honor the angels who have gone home and the angels who are still fighting the good battle. It is a marvelous way to celebrate life and the spirit of giving.

Fingerprints abound.


  1. Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful post!

  2. Wow, sounds very challenging for the families, and how wonderful to have some positive moments like this event.

  3. What a beautiful blog. God bless the families and I am sure these children are true angels on earth. Thank you for sharing and Happy Fingerprint Friday.

  4. So may times I take so much for granted - thanks so much for this fingerprint as a reminder of the many forms that God represents himself as - a child with a spirit that can not be broken, volunteers that give selflessly, and the love ones that celebrate the joys despite the struggles. Thanks again :)

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this. Awesome!

  6. Yup, I believe there were fingerprints all over that event.

  7. this touched my heart... special fingerprints, indeed.

  8. What a humbling post thank you for sharing and well done you on the great shot!

  9. Beautiful post. I had never really thought about "These children cope and survive in a world where they see others able to move freely and function wholly" before. Kind of gives you pause.

  10. what a nice image! May I ask how you made it?

  11. Thank you everyone for all the kind words! NatureFootstep, this is an actual photo from the event. I used a Photoshop plugin called Fractalius and the smudge tool to render the faces unidentifiable. I didn't want to exploit the children.

  12. thanks for the explanation, and it looks great.
    You are always welcome to join Bildverkstan :)


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