1—A sacred space
In bed holding my NewSpring Bible. It was an incredibly meaningful gift for my birthday in August. In a way it symbolizes a starting over. A realization that I’m more interested in the truth of the Bible and what God says and thinks than pleasing church culture. I’ve always had this in me but more recently I’ve really realized how damaging church culture can be for me and I don’t want to be a part of that. I still love and trust God, am still His child. But due to the effects of church culture it’s extremely hard for me to read the Bible—having it so often taken out of context and sometimes used against me. And I find this painfully sad and frustrating. My husband surprised me by ordering this Bible from NewSpring store, from the only church I’m able to listen to right now (the church we attended when we lived near it). Because the leadership and church body are led by and focused on God, there is such a healthy balance of grace and truth that is so refreshing and life-giving. I am still struggling but have not given up. Even though it’s very challenging I still open this Bible each morning before getting out of bed and read a Psalm from it. It’s not much but it’s my practice of sticking with it, showing God I have not turned away from Him, listening and hopefully growing.
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Photo taken: September 1, 2020
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