Photo of a bright red swash spray-painted on the white slats
of a chain-link fence, American Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Photo and prayer 2016 by Danny N. Schweers

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Comments from readers

Mary wrote:
Well said. Lovely image - a confident bold free form stroke! Thanks Danny!

Marina wrote:
This I like - the graffiti and the poem.
It reminds me that looks can deceive - that we sometimes overlook the bigger picture, or ignore it.
And I agree, life can be messy. Freedom is not always pretty, rarely as you say.
Do I prefer the un-conformed defiance or the law-and-order machine?
Isn't this a political landmine? Or can the walls come down again and again for us to really see who's on the other side? What will it take to break down walls?
Thanks again for making me pause.

Tom wrote:
Danny, your photography has, for as long as I have known you, been wonderfully imaginative. Your prose and poetry, I find, is growing bolder, and as demonstrated here, whimsically punchy. Kudos!

Anne wrote:
I continue to enjoy your photos and your prayers -- especially the prayer for today. A wonderful reminder of just how diverse God's creation really is. Bless you.

Rosemary wrote:
I enjoyed the recent photo prayer with the graffiti fence. Your explanation of the calamitously decorated West side of the Berlin Wall showing freedom, and the pristine East side depicting control and no freedom was a strong lesson. I so look forward to Wednesdays.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware:
On June 9, 2016, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware sent this Photo Prayer out to everyone on its email list as part of their weekly email blast.

Austin Sun website, Austin, Texas:
On June 23, 2016, the Austin Sun blog posted this photo and prayer on its website and asked for these to appear regularly.

Photographer Dennis Darling, Prague, Czech Republic:
Including this photo and prayer in his email blast of 4 September 2018. He had written an essay about the graffiti in Prague and offered my photo and prayer as a follow-up. See:

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