From the Field

Life frames: The joy of a baby

A Ugandan woman proudly showcases her baby.

I remember the happy smiles, the “oohs” and “aahs” at the Morungtuny Health Center in Uganda. A mother had come in with her new baby.

She proudly raised the newborn up to my camera. I dialed the aperture on my 35mm lens to F/1.4 to isolate the baby’s beautiful face from the clutter of the crowded clinic. A few quick frames and then the baby was bundled up again, and the mother stepped back into the waiting line.

What a wonderful gift!

Every opportunity for a good photograph is a gift, of course, but I’m speaking about the baby.

What is it about babies that brings us such joy when we see them, that makes us cherish them as rare gifts? God sent his ultimate gift of Jesus to Earth as a baby. And Jesus himself couldn’t resist children. He said, “The kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16). Is it their potential, their vulnerability, their innocence, their tenderness? After all, many of them are entering a difficult world, as was this baby in Uganda.

Even in the hardest of times, we believe the possibilities for a baby are endless. And no matter what the future holds, this baby will always be someone special to God—created in his own image—an image that inspires smiles.

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