Friday, September 12, 2008

The Face of Love -- Sanctus Real

Here are the lyrics. I've bolded my favorite lines.

I've seen your face on stained glass, in colored lights
In pictures of you looking to the sky
You've been portrayed a thousand different ways
But my heart can see you better than my eyes
'Cause it's love that paints the portrait of your life

The face of love
The face of love
You look more like love every day

I've read your words in the pages of your life
And I've imagined what you were like
I may not know the shape of your face
But I can feel your heart changing mine
And your love still proves that you're alive


You are the face that changed the whole world
No one too lost for you to love
No one too low for you to serve
So give us the grace to change the world
No one too lost for me to love
No one too low for me to serve

Let us see... let us be your face


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Being Jesus

Like most parents, I have been afraid of all the pressures a non-Christian society puts on our children to conform to the world. I ask myself if I am doing enough or saying the right things to instill Christian values in my kids. Talking to Laurin last night, the Lord let me know that He is ever present in her life even in these troubling times.

There is a girl in Laurin's school who other kids are terribly mean to. We'll just call her Maggie. Laurin has known Maggie since kindergarten, and she has always been considered an outcast and been made fun of. I remember when they were in about 3rd grade, Maggie invited Laurin over to her house. Laurin was reluctant to go, because she thought that the other kids might make fun of her for going. Well, me being the mean momma I am, I made her go. Laurin and Maggie had fun together and that is a day that Maggie and her mother have remembered to this day.

Well, now Maggie goes to Laurin's middle school. She is still being picked on unrelentlessly by everyone it seems. Laurin has seen this and finally started sticking up for her more. If Maggie has no partner in Science class, Laurin will volunteer. If Maggie offers to trade part of her lunch and all the kids say, "gross, I wouldn't eat food she touched" (I can't believe the immaturity of 7th graders) Laurin says, "I'll trade with you." When Laurin sees Maggie sitting all alone at lunch time she goes to her and just sits beside her.

I told Laurin with tears in my eyes last night that she is being Jesus to Maggie. She is reaching out to the leper like the days of old and Jesus is proud of her. So am I.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I Finally Saw One

We were driving back from Laurin's volleyball practice in downtown Loveland last evening when I spotted a stopped police car and several people stopped looking across the street. I said, "What, are they chasing a bear?" Just then I looked over to see just that, a young bear looking terrified running across the street. Laurin and I looked at each other and busted out laughing. I've lived in Colorado for 10 years and always wanted to see a bear in the wild. I guess one downtown will have to do.