Photographer Frances Freyberg captures an intimate moment between mother and child while reflecting on the nature of fear and trust in response to 1 Samuel 1:27-28.
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1 Samuel 1:27–28
27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 28 therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.
I was initially drawn to this verse because of my own long and petition-filled journey to motherhood. When God answered my prayers, I was left in awe of the depth of love, gratitude, and responsibility I felt for the beautiful baby boy he had given me. I was also terrified that something would happen to him. Babies look so fragile, and I had never been more afraid of losing someone.
Over those first months, fear was slowly replaced by trust, as the other moms in my life circled around us and supported us, and taught me what they knew about motherhood. They cooked food, brought clothes, did laundry, babysat, and prayed for us. But most importantly to me, they shared openly about their misadventures in motherhood, and they reassured me about my own. They also shared their everyday joys, and we celebrated together in one another’s small triumphs.
Even after years of faithfully answered prayers, I still find it hard sometimes to simply entrust my child to God and not live in a place of worry. Thanks to the honesty of other moms, I know that this struggle won’t get easier – and in fact, will probably get harder – as my child grows. But I also know that God has brought us together to support one another in motherhood and in our faith. This deeper bond with the women in my life has been a wonderful and unexpected joy of motherhood – God’s answer to a prayer I didn’t even know to ask.
About Francis Freyburg:
"Photographs have a unique ability to inspire reflection, hope and action. They hold the power to spark memories and encourage new adventures. They enable viewers to see familiar surroundings from a fresh perspective, or to explore uncharted territories for the very first time. Through my photography, I hope to educate people about our world, and to interest them in the natural beauty that surrounds us.
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew to love the great outdoors. Childhood trips to exotic locations fostered an early appreciation for different places and cultures, as well as a continuing passion for travel. In 2008, I left my job in high-tech communications to travel the world for a year, taking photographs and writing about my experiences. During that time, I built an educational travel weblog (www.wheresfrances.blogspot.com) with weekly photos, as well as historical and cultural information about the countries I visited.
I specialize in portraits of people, wildlife, nature and architecture from my travels to more than 60 countries. I’m particularly drawn to scenes that express the beauty, excitement, humor and diversity of our world, whether through a brilliantly colored blossom or a poignant face in the crowd."