Sometimes it’s hard to admit, but people’s looks have an impact on how others see them. 28-year-old Karine de Souza realizes that she may be judged by others because of her skin disease appearance, but that has not stopped her from putting her hope and trust in God for her life.
And what made 23-year-old Edmilson Alcântara fall in love with her is the confidence she has because of her faith. Karine’s rare genetic disease is called “Xeroderma Pigmentosum.” The disease has no cure and when it comes into contact with ultraviolet light it leads to skin injuries. But the marks on her skin did not detract from her beauty when Edmilson met Karine. He fell in love with her and her heart. What a true man of God!
In the Bible, a few verses in 1 Peter talk about inner beauty.
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4
This Bible reminds us that it is not what is on the exterior that counts. We need to look at the inner parts of other people. We need to see the character and the love that we have beneath the surface. This is the way for us to see true beauty. The kind of beauty that is of great worth in God’s sight.
Edmilson and Karine were recently married, and they had professional photos taken by photographer Daniel Panisson. In a viral post from his Facebook page, Daniel writes:
“Have you ever felt love? Have you ever thought about giving up a great love? Have you ever cared about appearance and forgot to worry about the feeling? Then I invite you to feel and live the story of Karine and Edmilson. A story so beautiful and full of inspiration, that will awaken in you the most beautiful sense of life.”
The photographer goes on, adding, “In a world where appearance matters more than the feeling, they met it was not by chance, it was a meeting of souls, a meeting of acceptance and character and love arose when their souls met and today you are the inspiration for so many people who don’t believe in themselves, in life and especially in love….”
And he wraps up by beautifully saying, “And I can say, having portrayed the love of this couple has brought me peace and a lot of inspiration for the soul. The acceptance, protection and all affection involved between the two of them, has made me see that love is not lost.”
What a beautiful, God-honoring love story! May these two always cherish one another and continue to love each other with a God-like love.