Airbrushed? No, just as I am please

Rev Gillian Patterson with Rev John Christie
Rev Gillian Patterson with Rev John Christie

On a recent visit to a friend I was treated to an overview of their latest software for photos and videos on the computer. Now being a bit of technophobe with this kind of thing I watched mesmerised as photos were adapted, altered, resized, colours were changed and to be honest the end result looked nothing like the original! It was incredible to see an ordinary photograph from a beach in Sicily, become a stunning picture that was enlarged, and is now framed and up on their wall. With his tongue firmly in his cheek my mate even suggested he could “airbrush” a photo of me to make me look very different...now there’s an appealing idea!

Technology can do wonderful things today, whether it is computer wizardry or the latest mobile phones. Life events are posted on Facebook or Twitter, so that everyone can hear good, and sometimes sad news, within seconds of it happening. Listen to the radio or watch television and you can follow major world events on a second by second basis. But this instant, fast moving media world that we live in today also means that private moments are no longer as personal as they used to be, and people in the media spotlight can often feel pressured into making statements within minutes of something very significant happening to them.

As much as I use some of the new technology, I believe there is no replacement for the personal phone call, letter or visit, particularly in times of celebration, or in testing moments. The comforting hug or the cheering smile mean the world to someone facing a difficult situation, and I know that I have been blessed on many occasions by a phone call, or a visit from a friend or relation when times are tough. Jesus is the finest example of someone who walked alongside people he loved who were going through all sorts of situations – some were wrongly accused, others had done wrong, but He stood up for them with courage and conviction. He had a way of showing how much he cared for his friends and followers, that is an example for us all to follow.

Because Jesus accepted people the way they were, with all their faults and failings, and showed them the way to live and behave. He does the same for all of us today too. We live in a very different world to first century Palestine, but the principles are the same. You see, in Jesus’ eyes there is no need to be airbrushed to a different size, it makes no difference to him what clothes you wear and whether you can afford the latest designer gear. He loves unconditionally, accepting each of us just as we are, and He is the best friend we could ever ask

for.