Sunday, October 2, 2011

The King of Glory, coming on the clouds with fire

This is a post by my husband. Enjoy!
I have had this picture since I was 7 years old. The story is this: I was sitting at lunch in 2nd grade when this kid started sharing his pictures from summer vacation. He was flipping through a section of black pictures he had taken himself out of the plane window on the evening ride back home when I noticed this one and immediately asked if I could have it. He said the pictures had to return to his mom, so no, but changed his mind when I offered to trade for the rest of my lunch. I have had it for the last 30 years. It is important to understand that I have nothing else from when I was a child...zero. My parents have never really been photo album types so it was always kept by me, yet, I somehow never lost it. It has survived at least ten moves and one all-inclusive clutter eradication when I met and married Melanie, my wife. I knew I wanted to someday share it with everyone but until the digital era was born had no real way of doing so. Enjoy! I always find myself resisting the urge to explain how cool the detail and subtleties are because it is best if you draw your own conclusions. Just know two things: this picture was taken out of an airplane window at night with an Instamatic film camera long before the days of Photoshop and digital imagery, and I still have the actual hard copy photo after 30 years of not working very hard to keep it.
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by the in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?  This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."  Acts 1: 9-11