For The Least of These

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A Story, HCB Photo Prompt, HisStory, Listening When He Speaks



This is my entry for the High Calling Blog PhotoPlay prompt (When Details Don’t Matter).

find a subject and photograph it with as little visual clutter as possible…allow the subject to voice its self. Include a short description about the clutter you needed to remove and how this connects with your life.


Regarding the image, I used some tool or another in a photo-editing program to remove that which was distraction from the focal point. Actually, I removed that which was prettier. And that is not a common thing to do, but vulnerability of this flower appealed to me.

And that imbedded scripture? Well, those words beat my heart each time I saw the image, so I put His words there, lest I forget.

I know that I am (and shamelessly, I admit it) using this opportunity to put in a plug for something else, but hey, I reckon I can do it since I am the official keyboard-plunker around these parts… So, if you want the whole story of how God spoke to me through this tulip, please read on. If you are done reading, take care and ta-ta for now.


You saw the image, right? Yes, the one of the tattered, frayed-edge, wilty, and wind-battered tulip. Like I previously said, God used this tulip to teach me a lesson, a very important, powerful, and Truth-filled lesson about what Jesus said regarding the least of these.


Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth,

whatever you did for one of the least of these

brothers of mine,

you did for me.’

~ Matthew 25:37-40


While photographing tulips last year and in order to gain a better vantage point of God’s glorious spring tapestry, I crouched low with my camera in-hand. As if bashful, this weathered tulip barely peeked out through the other splendid and seemingly perfect posies. Immediately I snapped this image, ya know, in case it flopped to the ground and was no more.

Even though I moved on down the row to even another blast of bedazzling beauties, that little bedraggled one patiently waited for some more exposure. It seemed to wait for some light. It seemed rather pathetic there as nobody else took notice. Actually, everyone just walked right on passed it as though it wasn’t even there.

This fragile tulip has become my most treasured and favorite photograph, not because of its radiant beauty, but because of its lack thereof. Soon after clicking my camera’s shutter button to capture this tulip, Jesus started breaking my heart for The Least of These in Uganda. Those easily not seen when eyes are closed and hearts are aimed in a different direction.

In the book of Matthew, Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for the neglected among us. He calls us to pray and serve and do and give. And in doing so, we are not only helping to meet their basic needs, but we are demonstrating to The Least of These what it is to be loved.

After all, how can a person understand who Jesus is if they don’t even know what it is to be loved?

By feeding the hungry,

Giving water to the thirsty,

Making a friend of a stranger,

Clothing the naked,

Tending to the sick,

And helping to free the imprisoned,

We are actually giving away glimpses of God, along with the food and blankets and bandages.


Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,

And your darkness shall be as noonday.

~ Isaiah 58:10


What if you were born into the midst of an all-consuming and seemingly never-ending darkness that is constantly wrought with starvation, neglect, ill health, nakedness, and imprisonment?

What if someone shines a light that leads you to a nourishing plate of food, a cup of clean water, a t-shirt and shorts, hugs, a healed heart, and hope?

What if all of the goods and services actually proved to be more than just basic, but an everlasting escape route from imprisonment?

What if Jesus was the One you saw when that light beam shined into your pit of darkness?

I would like to introduce you to a ministry where you can be a part of that light beam by purchasing a photograph for The Least of These.

With these images, the contributing photographers have captured only bits and pieces of God’s grand beauty seen in the everyday. Money raised will help meet the basic needs of The Least of These—orphaned children in Uganda. And in doing so, we pray that these children will not only learn of our love, but they will meet Jesus as they gather ‘round to partake in the offerings.

So, it is with humble hearts and hope-filled souls that the contributing artists have offered photographs for THE LEAST OF THESE.

Please stop by the new web site (http://matthew2540.zenfolio.com/) and take a look. Oh, I could have waited until I got the new site fully functional and picture-perfect and professionally critiqued and the logo designed and blah-blah-blah, but then I would have deprived you of its blessing capacity. Of God’s capacity. And I don’t want to have anything to do with standing in His way. As soon as I get the business license matters figured out in our new state, your orders will be able to be placed, processed, and shipped worldwide.

Even though the ordering capacity is lacking right now, please peruse the images and see if anything strikes your fancy. And check back often, as I still have to load the contributed images of others who have lovingly come alongside me in this photography ministry venture. I will introduce contributing artists, talk more about the Christ-centered and Uganda-focused ministries that for THE LEAST OF THESE supports, and keep you apprised of donations, both on this blog site and on the ministry site.

Also note that individual photographer’s names will not be attached to their images. It is our hope and prayer that all the glory goes to God as we help to shine His light on some of this planet’s most needy children.

By the way, here are some pricing thoughts. 8×10 prints will be sold for $8 (approximate profit of $7) and 8×10 standouts (see example here) will be sold for $33 (approximate profit of $6). What do you think of those prices? Would you spend that amount to buy a print (or two) for yourself or as a gift? Please leave me your thoughts in the comment section of this site.

And when I get a blog button ready, won’t you come back and snag one for your site? Please.

Do you remember my favorite tulip pictured up there? It is my heart’s desire (and I reckon it is God’s too) to shine His light on all of His children’s bedraggled hearts and bodies. We must do the best we can, with what we have, while we are able.


The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth,

whatever you did for one of the least of these

brothers of mine,

you did for me.’

~ Matthew 25:40


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9 thoughts on “For The Least of These”

  1. You are just amazing. I'm so out of the loop lately. Proud of you. Praying. Going to see.And this photo? Oh my. It makes my little ones look like child's play. You are so gifted.Love you.

  2. Okay, let's get some very important things straight here ;-)- Miss Claire was the one who tossed an idea akin to this into the air some months ago. I merely caught one of her juggling sticks and ran off with it. This ministry was born of her womb and she is my official co-founder. I hope she acquiesces the title.- Laura, I reckon there wasn't a loop for you to be out of. Although a photography ministry was beating around in some hearts for a few months, it only came to fruition over the last couple of weeks. And if you could see the big black bags under my eyes from lack of sleep and the knot on my forehead from pounding it into the keyboard, you would run scared. And as you well-know, God is the One with all the beauty. He kindly shares it with us.There, we all straight now? (wink, wink, hug, hug)Blessings.

  3. well done. all. Did you do the cowboy/balloon one also? It is stunning. A story picture. I love incongruence/contrasts such as that. 🙂

  4. This is really quite an amazing undertaking. In answer to your question, you are welcome to use any of the images you think adequate. May God prosper the work of your hands for His little ones.

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