"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Sunday, May 1, 2011

I've been waiting to share...

While we were in Aspen, one of my precious friends posted something interesting on FB. I commented on what it was, long story short, she invited us to church with her family for this special weekend...United in Christ.

I find it hard to put into words what it felt like sitting on a pew next to these dear friends and being a part of something that seemed historical to me. Their church (very diverse, but mostly white) has partnered with another church in our city that is all black for these special events, both churches are Church of Christ. This friend thought of our family as she worshipped with this church in March. It was amazing to be a part of something so wonderful. It was incredible to hear Christians talk candidly about a subject that is taboo. Why are churches, of all places, still rather racially divided?

So of course Blake was out of town and couldn't come, but I loaded up the munchkins and was so excited to see what God had planned. There was a great attendance, and it was beautiful to see all of these families aisle after aisle coming to worship together. Cooper couldn't contain his excitement in so many brown faces like his. He was turned around and pointing, "Mom, look at that brown guy with hair like mine!" over and over again. I had to remind him how it feels to be pointed at. Totally pitted out my shirt.

The music gave me chills. It was just gorgeous. I really enjoyed there being no instruments; I had never been to a Church of Christ service and it was amazing. Although this Baptist-raised-girl had a hard time keeping her booty on the pew and not clapping after every song! Sit.down.sister.

It got me SO excited for Atlanta and visiting more churches that resemble the kids. The next day we headed to Tulsa and I was sharing with my daddy about church and the incredible message it sent. I just couldn't get over the music!!! He asked me if I had ever seen this video below. Get ready, I couldn't contain my tears. Try and visualize what he is singing if you can.

I already checked...he pastors a church in Florida. Bummer!


Kristy said...

Just awesome!!!! Can you put on FB or is it to long?

Kristin said...

Oh wow! Thank you for sharing that. Tears just flowing this afternoon. And how great for your boys. I will remember how much that meant!

Cindy said...

oh my! powerful!!