I use the thumbs-up emoji a lot. Why? Because I want to encourage people.
If someone is doing something that could be hard, I would like to encourage them along. Like, climbing a mountain:
Or, my friend wishes to share her joy:
Or, she wishes to share beauty:
Encouragement gives people strength and confidence to go on. It makes them feel they’ve someone on their side. It’s such a simple symbol, but it can convey much to someone who receives it.
All photographs courtesy of Abby Chua.
A Song of Ascents
A guided meditation
May the pictures and the verses speak to you
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. (NIV)
South Korea, Dec 2021
Pictures by Abby Chua