Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Twinkling Lights

Through the soft twinkling lights and romance that filled the air my brother gently led my mom onto the dance floor. As he guided her ever so softly around the wooden floor tears of joy and blessings rained upon them. As if for one moment the world stood still. In the midst of the jazz filled music and scent of love they found a quiet reflection. Through the years, the bond between a mother and her son had only cultivated into something so unbreakable that no stone could shatter. Together, in that dance they experienced a miracle. When the odds were completely against it a soft whisper of grace blew in and swept them from side to side sprinkling a peace among everyone witnessing this moment. My brother’s greatest pride and joy was dancing with his mother on his Wedding day. Defeating all of the odds my mom filled that room with a glow and beauty that is indescribable. No life was left untouched in that moment and no eye was dry as family and friends looked on.  

I can’t help but relish in these sweet unspoken memories. Every day we are experiencing silent miracles and little reminders of the greatness that has been bestowed upon our lives. This moment will forever be etched in the lives of all who witnessed it. For many, it was a moment of love that surpassed any and all expectations… a definition of character that will build a strong tower for many years to come.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rays of Sunshine

Every so often someone walks into your life and changes your perspective on everything. Almost as if that ray of sunshine that has been peeking through the window has somehow found its way to you and is now lighting up every ounce of your being. It's that unexpected moment that takes your breath away...the gesture of lifting you up and breathing life in to your bones. Suddenly you realize that you, the raw mess of you, are more than enough. Aside from your flaw and insecurities they see nothing but beauty. They dive in with both feet expecting nothing but greatness because they believe you are worth it.

The confidence and peace they bring becomes so refreshing. It's a peace and safety net that has been so void and dark. When you are lucky enough to experience that kind of love and selflessness you have no choice but to surrender. So I'm running...straight into those rays of sunshine and counting my blessings with each encounter. I love that in the midst of the chaos I have been given the gift of such a sweet friend. I'm cherishing each unexpected moment and embracing the warmth I have found.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Day I Was Rejected...

Rejection never loses its sting. Whether it's fast and expected or slowly seeps in through the cracks of your soul it feels the same. It manifests itself so deep, intricately weaving its web through your veins that often the only way to get past it is a long deep breath and time. In the moment, the pain can feel overwhelming. The intensity of knowing you aren't needed, wanted, chosen or loved is heart-wrenching. It's incredibly sad that so much of human nature places value on the acceptance of others. Every moment of rejection offers an opportunity for self-reflection. In these moments of severe vulnerability I find that my compassion for others goes into overdrive. Through my pain and fear I am able to see into the depths of those around me in ways I couldn't see before. As if the sole purpose for experiencing such grief is so that I may learn to better extend grace to those around me. The act of rejecting someone knows no boundaries and excludes no one. We all feel pain in different moments of our lives but its the reaction to the pain that leaves its legacy.

Today I choose to stand with my head held high knowing my value and worth comes from my creator and not the world around me. Today I choose to acknowledge that life brings disappointment and joy. Today I will seek out those who are hurting and embrace them with a love and grace that fills the deepest cracks of their soul. Today I will look rejection in the face and claim victory over it. Today I will stand and fight for those who cant. I will be the voice to the voiceless and the strength to the weak. I was made to look past myself and the rejection I have felt so that I can share an undying love to those around me. It's true... rejection never loses its sting- but it can be healed.... and today that is my greatest hope.