Nevertheless His hands and His people are indeed in all fragments and aspects of our lives. Sometimes, I am too sad to pray with any kind of sense, so I just say "Save me." Here's just a little of what happened next.
A group of high school students using their newly learned talent to refurbish bicycles so they can be given to children less fortunate. - a purpose found, a vision realized, a pathway for life.
A text from Caroline when I can't make myself pull away from Sonic that says she woke up praying for me - a reminder that God is with us - Immanuel.
A tender ask from a colleague and then a hug without waiting for the answer - a connection because we are family.
A Friday night when half a dozen colleagues worked past 8pm to serve two middle school students- the kind of commitment that moves you, #believe.
A text from Tracy W.,, Kasey's mom, with this picture -"Enjoying my hot chocolate with Taylor tonight." - amazing strength that sees past her own pain to lighten mine.
A gift from Kim, Josie's mom, reminding me to "be the light". - a mama who loves the same red-head I do and remembers her in the best of ways..
A deep involuntary belly laugh from my friend Julie's little boy that occurs when I tickle his ribs and make him say, "Lisa's the greatest" - an example that joy is always at my fingertips.
And since it is cancer awareness week on ESPN, I heard Jimmy Valvano's 1993 speech for the fifth time - and listened intently again.. I love the Green Bay Packer part of his speech, but this paragraph challenges, validates, and resonates within my soul.
"When people say to me how do you get through life or each day, it's the same thing. To me there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives.
- Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day.
- Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought.
- Number three is you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.
Thank you - to each and all of you - for being something special.
Matthew 1:23...".... and they shall call him Immanuel, God with us."