As I sit here tonight writing this (overdue) blog entry a million and one thought are flitting around in my head! How can I pin each of the amazing moments of this past week down long enough to share them? Being the orderly person I am, I would normally work from the latest date to the present but after the wonderful ruling from the Supreme Court today, I dare say, I will throw caution to the wind and start with today!
The Rulings - As Robin carefully maneuvered the Mini Winnie through the streets of Shawnee, Kansas we both waited impatiently for the ruling. Suddenly we were barraged with a flurry of calls, yells, Tweets and posts. Our hearts were filled with joy at the good news! It was all we could do to calm ourselves down long enough to safely drive to the Crossroads Church parking lot where we shared a group hug with the rest of the AWAB board members! I can not think of a more fitting group of people to celebrate this amazing and historical day with.
AWAB Day – Anyone who knows me well, knows I’m a weeper. I cry when I’m sad, when I’m scared, but most of all when I am filled with joy. Although this may seem like an endearing trait to some, it can also be problematic when you are put in charge of taking the photos at an all-encompassing and emotionally uplifting service like the one I experienced at Crossroads Church in Kansas City this past Sunday. If some of the pictures I posted on Facebook that day seemed blurry it is because my eyes were filled with tears most of the day. From the warm greetings, high-spirited music, enchanting dance, to the heartfelt benediction, the people of Crossroads drew me in and made me feel like family. After the service we shared a wonderful BBQ and then on to screening of “God Loves Uganda”. That night as I fell exhausted into my bunk, I felt deeply grateful that this kind of extraordinary day is part of my job.
The Wedding – I have already established that I cry easily so you can only imagine how deeply touched I was to attend Kim and Katie’s wedding at The Equality House last Saturday. Putting aside all the media hype and hoopla surrounding The Westboro Baptist Church was easy for me. This sweet couple touched my heart as they prepared for their wedding on my very own daughter and son-in-laws’ first year anniversary. Standing in the basement of the little rainbow house the space echoed with all the same activities and emotions that I experienced last year. Moms fussed with flowers while Dads paced. Bridesmaids helped with last minute touches while children fidgeted. We all hurried into our places and the grand march began. And despite the sensationalism and the historical statements, in the end, all that really mattered was that two people stood before God and promised to love one another.
So as you can see we have been very busy. This past week has been filled to the brim with sentiment, prayers and amazing undertakings. As we head into the second half of the Jubilee Tour I am filled with anticipation. What could the Good Lord possibly have in store for us next?