Okay, so I am a little behind on the launch team posting for Karen Ehman's Listen, Love, Repeat. Sorry! We went on vacation and then came home to a broken furnace (I live in central BC, Canada, and its October people!), and I homeschool, so life has been about the basics these last 2 weeks.
I posted about Chapter 6 earlier, and then finally put my baby to bed and sat down to read Chapter 7: The Lonely and Unloved. Ohmygoodness. The tears!
She gives us this lovely example of how she has chosen to open her home to all of those around her, and the difference it has made in the lives of others. She is known as "Mama Karen" to many of her kids' friends. She tells us of one who even thinks of her house as his.
I have my own special Mama. Mama Cyr. She is an amazing woman. She is so quiet, but so strong. Her life story is a true testament to living a Christ centered life. And the most amazing part of the story, to me anyways, is that she loved me before she even really knew me. You see, I worked with her, well, let's say in my youth. Goodness, it's been a long time since I was a youth. I used to work at a local bar during the night, and with her at a grocery store during the day. I wasn't really living a Christ filled life. Kind of the opposite. And rather than judge me, or scold me, do you know what she did? She prayed for me. She prayed that I would find a Godly husband. That I would find Jesus. That I would find me.
She didn't even know me.
And over 10 years later, when I walked in to her church, do you know what she did? She welcomed me. She gave me a great big hug. She continued to love me.
It makes me cry just to think about it. I don't know where I would be without her prayers. I certainly didn't have many people praying I would find Jesus at that particular time in my life. I didn't even know she was praying for me. Such a little thing that had such a huge impact.
Such a beautiful spirit who saw someone struggling to belong, to find who she truly was. Someone who knelt down to lift me up.
To those of us lucky enough to have someone that beautiful in our lives, you know the gift that they truly are. To those who have had that experience, can you think of someone you could reach out to today?
To those who are waiting, I believe that God is faithful. He is good. He has plans for you that are truly beyond your imagination. I am living, breathing proof of that. Could I pray for you now?
Heavenly Father, I thank you for all the blessings that you have given me. Even the ones that I don't know about. I thank you for the challenges that have brought me to today. I pray for all the people who are struggling right now. I pray your peace, wisdom and protection over them. I pray that they would feel your living arms envelop them, Lord. That they would know your presence. Lord, that you would put someone so directly in their path that they could not help but know that it is You, and that you love them. Right where they are. No matter what they have done. They are worthy of love. They are valuable. And I pray that you would give us a heart to see those hurting around us Lord, and to help us to know what to do to ease the burden. In Your powerful name I pray. Amen.