So as we approach the millennium, I hope this photo will be a testimony for us all that Jesus is with us. He allowed me to capture Him, so that I can share my faith through this photo with everyone. With hope, this photo will reinforce our faith in miracles and in Him. Jesus is always there for us. He loves us so much so, that he wants us to gather together, as we have done today, and keep our faith sincere in believing that no matter what the circumstances may be, if we give our problems to Him, He will take care of us. The question “why” did I take this photo no longer puzzles me. I now understand the message: dying of cancer will not be bad, but dying without faith would be devastating. The Bible instructs us that we must pray in Jesus’ name to convey our messages to God. Then our prayers will be answered; our faith reinforced. Jesus is important in my faith, but I recognize and respect that many religious people of sincere faith practice communication with God in other ways, too. I do not want to offend anyone; however, today, I must share with you my personal faith. In closing I want to share a brief story — one morning a few weeks after taking this photo as I started to read my bible, it opened randomly to Luke 9:29. My eye fell on the words, “And as He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.” This passage confirmed to me that I had photographed Jesus. May this photo be an inspiration to you, as it has been to my wife, Barbara, and me, and may it open for you a new window of faith with God, — especially to those of you who wonder “why me.” I know that God has blessed us with this photo because he loves us all.
Speakers at the presentation were Rev. David R. Jenkins, Supervisor for the Chaplaincy Program, Barbara Sunderland Manousso, and Father James Pavlow of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Houston, Texas, who blessed the occasion. Over a hundred friends, clergy, and cancer patients witnessed the ceremony, which started at three o’clock in the Alkek rotunda at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A copy 4 X 5 feet copy of this photo can be viewed on the fourth floor of the Alkek Tower outside the meditation room of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.