10 September 2009

[redhandedphotography: Volunteering]

A few months ago, my friend SL sent me a link to a site she thought I would be interested in. The site is called "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" and is a site where photographers can sign up to volunteer at hospitals. The main focus is to photograph infants who are in critical care, or have passed on.

At first, I was a bit taken a-back. Thoughts of Shalom came flooding back, and I thought - "No. NEVER." But now, I'm thinking that this might be something that I COULD do.

I'm not really sure - but my thought is, is that this could be a really beautiful thing - where I can be the photographer, but also someone who KNOWS what it is to take photos of their passed infant. And I think I would know what kind of photos to take, and be able to share how the strength of the Lord is the only reason I was able to get up the next morning.

So - we shall see. I wonder, though, as I look back on my life the past 3 years - if this is exactly what the Lord has been preparing me for? A ministry that is fine-tuned just for me?

Now - I just need to be brave and take the first step ... and am just not quite sure when that will be.


Joanne said...

I have known about this for a while....and thought of you, but knew it was not the right time. A perfect fit, I would say.

Laura said...

Oh Tania! This ministry is so incredible. I have looked at their website often and the images are so beautiful of these precious, tiny babies. If this is something God is calling you to, I think you would be incredible and a perfect fit. What an incredible gift to pass along - the gift of hope.
If you decide to go for it, please let me (us) know. And we will cover you in prayer each and every time. And the families you'd be working with as well.
Okay, my own heart is stirred for you!

Jenn VH said...

Wow, what an incredible ministry to be a part of. I have heard of this before and being the sentimental person that I am think it's an amazing person that can bless others this way. God bless you as you consider this.

Rhonda said...

Tania - What a wonderful ministry to be part of.
I have seen some of their work before and have been so touched. Laura described what I feel perfectly when she said her "heart was stirred for you"!
I pray that God makes it evident if that's a path he wants you to take :)

Canadian Kristin said...

What an amazing gift you would be giving to the families you are photoing for. I pray God will give you guidance for His perfect timing on such an emotionally charge ministry opportunity.
But wow, what a gift!

Lisa B. said...

When I read your post my heart jumped, what an amazing opportunity, how perfect and how personal - just for your and your story of Shalom.

Through words, through pictures and through God's truth I know you will be a powerful witness.

I'm with all these other ladies, ready and willing to cover you in prayer when (not if) you start this new journey.

Still Enjoying the Journey said...

Tania ... this is a fit made only by the ONE that ordains each of our days and our loved ones' days. Will be praying for you as you purposely walk through the the next season that could include this. Your name is written on God's 'to be done by' list! You are loved! And Shalom, tho I have never met her, has also won my heart ...