Wednesday, October 30, 2013


This past Sunday our son called to tell us about a particularly good sermon at his church and suggested we watch it.
He and his little family attend the Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo.  He and Jena were married at this most beautiful church nearly 2 years ago.

they spoke their vows beneath this window

The sermons are taped and you can see last week's sermon on tv, so from time to time we hear through the grapevine about the really good ones.

Charles:  Dr. Burt did a really good job last week and if you listen--close to the end-- you can hear your granddaughter fuss a little.

So....we tune in to watch and yes it's true...Dr. Burt is talking about faith...he pours some water in the baptism bowl and touches it to his hands and head...and says..."sometimes...sometimes we need to go back to that place where our faith was fresh, to remember how we felt...the conviction, the depth of feeling..and just reflect why we made that decision in the first place...a place where our renewed faith...
walks us through our lives."

And then it happens...a sweet little cry from the back and I know...I know it's her...
and then something remarkable happens that he did not or could not know would happen
the camera shows the audience
and as I step closer to the tv, I see...

a tall, thin young father
at the very back, 
gently swaying his baby...patting her to hush her little cry


I am reminded

that this boy

this challenging strong willed wild teen
who jolted my heart and soul to the core
and kept me on my knees

is standing where I always believed he'd stand

doing what I always knew he'd do good

sometimes still, just me and God, know this


is a most incredible thing

gosh I hope you have it!


Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a beautiful and amazing post - this lifted me up this morning :)

NanaDiana said...

Okay- It is official- I have tears in my eyes! xoDiana

Karena Albert said...

How very beautiful, thank you so much for sharing with us!

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Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Beautiful post, Gina. I could see it all in my head and I surely felt it in my heart. Sons have a very special place in our hearts.

carolyn bradford said...

Well now I'm just plain crying! You might as well be talking about MY oldest son! You described him and myself as he grew up to a "T"! Isn't God great? He is so faithful to His word….He has to be! He promises us to watch over us and take care of us and every now and then I am surprised at how well He encourages me! Oh ye of little faith! That is me when it comes to raising children! But it sure is fun to see Him work everything out in His timing! LOVED this post!!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!! Hope you are doing well!

Marissa said...

Beautiful post Gina!!
FAITH is what I've been hanging on to these days.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I DO I DO! ANd you know what? Faith is when there's nothing left. And that's a good thing. It's our ticket to hope and ultimately, eternal love. How fabulous is THAT! Love Anita

Laura said...

This is just beautiful.
What a wonderful picture you created for us once again with your words and images about your son.

Have a great day dear friend,
White Spray Paint

Geneva said...

Beautiful Post ... the true heart of a Mom, and so encouraging! You are Blessed and You're a Blessing!!!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Beautiful post!

Ann said...

Beautiful church
inspiring post.
props to your son for sharing the sermon to you and to us,
and props to you for raising a good son.

Revi said...

What a sweet post!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

Now you've made me cry… beautiful!