“…even unto the end of time.”

A few days ago my editor asked me to shoot a portrait of a person he was interviewing for a prison story.

Formerly a chaplain at a women’s correctional facility in this state, Lynn is what I would call a “Fighting Christian.” She firmly believes there has been a miscarriage of justice in the case of a woman who is currently on death row in this state and she is championing her cause.

A woman has not been executed in this country in 5 years and a woman has not been executed in this state since 1912. The inmate—whose name is Teresa—is scheduled to die September 23—forty days from this writing.

As you would expect, the case is complex, controversial and high profile in this state. Here are a couple of links if you want to know more about it;

http://www.saveteresalewis.org/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8300-504083_162-504083.html?keyword=teresa+lewis

Even though my part in this story was to simply take some pictures I was fascinated with the interview—my editor was kind enough to allow me to sit in for the entire exchange. Even after the interview was complete I remained behind for probably half an hour talking with this intelligent, focused, courageous and absolutely real individual.

I don’t know about you—but in the world I live in—life is generally open-ended, incomplete, ambiguous, contradictory, confusing, nothing is black and white and every perspective seems to be just another shade of gray.

But every so often I encounter a person like Lynn who is clear about what’s important, what has to be done and how to do it—or at least try. In Lynn’s world (it seems to me) she can clearly see right and wrong—and some things are far more important than her own convenience, comfort and secular ambition.

Dithering uncertainty is not even remotely a part of her character. After her children and family, Lynn has made this cause the centerpiece of her life. She promised Teresa she would be there for her—loving her and working on her behalf for as long as it takes— “Even unto the end of time.” I was especially moved and inspired by what she said toward the end of our private discussion.

“I do not want to—I refuse to—meet my maker one day knowing I did not do all I could to save this woman.”

The featured image is my clumsy attempt to depict my own vision of Lynn. As you can see it was shot in a mirror behind a beautiful glass china display. Lynn is seen with a somewhat vulnerable expression (not that this is a fundamental part of her character—she’s tough) but because she has exposed herself to the “slings and arrows” of a system and society that can be savagely opposed to compassion.

A bit of a second perspective on Lynn is visible—suggesting the other, unseen aspects of her subtle and complex personality but at the same time—the consistency of her character.

The dishes and stemware are meant to be seen as the obstacles and impediments to her efforts that she must overcome—they are glass suggesting they can be shattered—but they can also inflict lethal wounds.

Lastly—there is the obscured image of the photographer—doing what photographers do—generally doing it in obscurity (which is as it should be). But in this photograph the photographer is deliberately included to suggest the notion of an “All-Seeing Eye”—a benevolent Providence that observes our efforts and ambitions in this world.

As you can see–other, more conventional portrait images are offered in the slide show at the top of this post to aid in your better appreciation of this Christian Warrior.

Peace.

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11 Responses to ““…even unto the end of time.””

  1. Betty L. Ferguson Says:

    I attend same church as Mary Evelyn & John Divers so I know Lynn is a person of integrity.
    Please know I am praying for Lynn, Teresa and our judicial system.
    GOD is good…all the time.
    Blessings,
    Betty

  2. orion Says:

    Hi Betty–thank you for coming to the site and for commenting. I couldn’t agree with you more but I guess we’re all going to have our spin on what “good” means. Peace :-)

  3. Gerri McDaniel Says:

    Thanks for capturing the character of Lynn. A very special person with a legitimate cause to stop the executation of Teresa. This cause is typical of Lynn who is a true advocate for the worth and importance of individuals. In my opiniion she sees the good in the least or in some minds the worst in others but responds to them as Jesus would do.

  4. orion Says:

    Hi Gerri–thank you so much for coming to the site and for commenting.

    I envy Lynn her selfless dedication to the welfare of others–especially the “least of these” (if that’s correctly quoted) and I enjoy being of some small help (or at least appreciation) to someone like her :-)

  5. Dana Peebles Says:

    Gosh….I love this Lady to say the least! She is definately living a “What Would Jesus Do?” lifestyle. Her ability to do so in a world of hate and judgement goes beyond measure! I had the pleasure of knowing Lynn when her father was the interm minister @ Beaver Dam. Durring that time she was the Chaplain at the prison. I never knew then that she would have such an influence on my life, nor did I know that our paths would one day cross again and that I would get to know her on more of a personal level. The first time I ever heard Lynn preach was Jan 10, 2010 her sermon mentioned of her time at the prison and how even when we least expect it God finds a way. I thank God for knowing Lynn, and for allowing Him to use her in a way to help Teresa….”even unto the end of time.”
    Love & Belief
    ~Dana~

  6. CHUCK SPANGLER Says:

    I have no idea how I got here. If you receive this, please let me know who you are?

  7. orion Says:

    Hi Chuck–my name’s Holen and this site is a place for thought and reflection. I post a new (hopefully) artistic photo and a story, essay, commentary or journal entry every day. A lot of people have been coming to this site to read the post on Lynn Drivers (“even unto the end of the world.”) of late. I get maybe 150 to 200 people visiting each day. Hope you enjoy it.

  8. orion Says:

    Hi Dana: thank you for coming to the site and for your wonderful comment. Yes–knowing people like Lynn who are living their faith is a privilege. But you should know this is not a Christian website. I would give the same respect and attention to a Hindu that was campaigning to stop the killing and eating of cows. I’m not suggesting cows and people are the same–just that I post a lot of different stuff here and some of it might be offensive to some people–especially those who think the world should look like Mayberry or a Norman Rockwell illustration.

    I hope I haven’t made you uncomfortable and hope you’ll come back to look at images and text on a variety of topics.

  9. Dana Peebles Says:

    I am not offended nor do I feel uncomfortable…..God is so big he cannot fit into one religion, & I appreciate that you give total respect to anyone here within your site despite denomination, race, orientation, etc.
    Peace

  10. orion Says:

    Hi again Dana–thanks–it seems to me a lot of people subscribe to tribal religion–”my faith is the only one that’s right” and “God loves people like me but doesn’t love people who aren’t like me.”

    It’s thinking like that that keeps me away from church. If everybody or at least the great majority of people thought like you I might be talked into attending.

  11. orion Says:

    Hi Laura–thank you for listing my post as a resource in your coverage of this issue.

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