The Last Roll

When the making of Kodachrome film was discontinued, photographer Steve McCurry asked for it. He intended it to be a tribute to the film itself, known, used and beloved by photographers for seventy-five years.

Here he was with only thirty-six frames in the roll and he intended that each would be special.

It is said that with number thirty-six, McCurry took the famous photo of Afghan Girl. You remember that one…the young girl dressed in a red robe and staring out at us with those with the startling eyes.

A YouTube site explains the pictures and how Steve took them. There is talk of a movie to follow, all because someone thought of asking for the last roll and making something of it.

The Bible speaks about shepherds rolling away stones from wells so that sheep might drink. (See Genesis 29:3)

Isn’t that rolling away also a symbol of Jesus? He was crucified and placed in a tomb, the rock rolled over to close it up. Yet when the stone was rolled away, there came forth living water, in the form of the Christ.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. (Matthew 28:2, NIV)

And they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. (Mark 16:3, 4 NIV)

Then there is this old hymn “When the Roll is called up yonder”

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there

And here we are, our life rolls diminishing daily. Dare we ask God to let our last shots be life changing, earth changing, and family changing? Maybe they won’t be world famous like Afghan Girl but they will make a difference here, in our place, in our now.

Prayer- Lord, live your life through me so that I might honor the snapshots remaining to me. Amen.

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