The image shows a father praying over his newborn son in a Brazilian hospital nursery. Taken moments after the newborn’s birth, the photo was captured by Jana Brasil Photography, and countless people have been touched by the candid, prayerful moment. A series of photos, including the one of prayer, originally was posted on Instagram by the father in the photo, Victor Calmon.
The 33-year-old first-time father took to social media to share a few words about his family, writing: “That moment when it hits you like a ton of bricks and your hands are shaking because you suddenly discover your purpose and the reason you’re in this world. To God I say, ‘Thank you,’ to my wife I say, ‘I love you,’ and to my son I say, ‘Welcome!’”
Calmon’s photo has been shared thousands of times on social media since his son Ivan’s birth in July 2018. In an interview with Brazilian magazine Crescer, Calmon commented on the spontaneous moment when he decided to pray:
“I saw myself at the center of a complicated situation, you know, and everything was new to me, and incredible fear came over me. Now, I wouldn’t be worrying just about me anymore; I had this new life to take care of. So I got over my embarrassment and just knelt down and talked to God. I asked him to help me mature, to become a better man, a good father, a good husband, and to increase my desire to grow and work, so that my child might not lack anything.”
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In a time when the meaning of masculinity and fatherhood are being questioned, photos like Calmon’s are a humbling reminder that parenthood is a beautiful, necessary part of life. This photo not only captures a special moment between father and son, but reminds us that life is something to be treasured.