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Bieber Fever

OMG! I have Bieber Fever! I saw  the movie “Never Say Never” about Justin Bieber.  It was A-w-e-s-o-m-e! And in 3D!

Seriously, I feel 12 again.  

I was happy to see J.B.  has talent.  He is not just some pretty boy who fit the suit. (Like Greg Brady as Johnny Bravo)  He plays the piano, the drums, the guitar and other instruments.  He sings beautifully and dances like a maniac…in a good way!  Am I sounding like I’m in junior high? 

The thing I really liked is learning about his family.  His mom was young and separated from his father when Justin was 10 months old.  His grandparents helped raise him.  You could feel how much love he received from his mom and his grandma and grandpa. His mom said that it was tough being a single mother and she knows how much her faith in God helped her. 

Actually, their faith played a big role in the movie.  Justin and his friends said grace before dinner in a pizza place.  (LOVE THAT!) He also prayed before going out on stage each night. 

The other day, my daughter brought something to my attention.  It is a Justin Bieber video of a song called, “Pray”.   Here’s the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9tJW9MDs2M&feature=player_detailpage

There are a lot of things I can talk about regarding this video but I’d like to focus on the fact that Justin Bieber has chosen to sing about Prayer.  He has the means and the opportunity to sing about anything and he chose to sing a song about prayer.  That’s powerful.

There’s a scene in the video where they show him above the crowd singing to thousands of people.  They love him, they are going crazy.  Has he made praying cool?  Can he influence others to pray? 

Who knows?

We can’t control what other people do with the things we share.  We cannot guarantee that anyone is listening or acting upon our suggestions.  We don’t even know that with the people we love…did they hear me?  Do they understand me?  Will they follow my advice? 

The only thing we can control is what we do.  When we are given the opportunity to share our faith, do we?  When we are given the chance to share a life affirming message of hope and love, do we? 

What opportunities are before us right now?  Where can we share our love?  Who needs our prayers?

I like to think of it this way…when I lay may head down to sleep at night, have I done everything I can to be kind, spread joy, show love?  Did I take advantage of the opportunities before me?

Hope

My stomach hurts from laughing last night. 

My throat hurts from talking too.  The band was loud and I was shouting and at one point, my husband leaned over and said, you haven’t stopped talking all night. (Of course, he didn’t mean this in a bad way…) I guess I hadn’t been out in awhile.  I had a lot to say. 

I was at a fund raiser for Epilepsy Research.  I am so inspired by the women who started this group.  They are neighbors and they both have children with epilepsy.  They decided to start a fund to raise money for research to help families that are dealing with the devastating effects of this disease.  They started with a block party to raise money and over 400 people showed up.  Check it out at www.rocktheblockforcure.com.

These women are amazing.  I don’t know them personally but I see their passion and I can feel their power.  They are amazing as mothers and friends and advocates and fund raisers. They are not going to sit around and wait for a cure for epilepsy. They are out working and willing it to happen. 

The love and support they are receiving for this cause is overwhelming.  Everyone wants to help because no one wants to see a child suffer.  We watched a video of some of the families that are dealing with this disease and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  Every person there felt the pain of these parents and cried in solidarity with them. 

But hope was there too. 

That’s the thing.  Pain doesn’t show up alone.  If you accept it, it brings hope along. 

Here’s what I saw last night:  Pain, hope, worry, faith, fear, courage, doubt, certainty, sadness, joy, laughter, love, encouragement, support, friendship, humility, and power.

It was a full night.  It was like life.  A little bit of everything wrapped in Hope and Love and Friendship.  I feel full.

I’m praying for a cure for Epilepsy.  I hope you will join me.   

Oh, and for all the women out there who are changing the world. 

There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
Washington Irving

Mediator

The other day I heard Jesus called, “the mediator of the new covenant”.  I love those words. 

 What is a mediator? 

I looked it up and it means a person who intervenes to bring agreement among people who are in a dispute. 

Sounds like a peacemaker.

This makes me think of my favorite prayer. I wear a bracelet with the  Prayer of St. Francis on it so every day I’m reminded of my role in this world.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.                         
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;  
Where there is sadness, joy.

 

Oh Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

 

Have you ever thought of yourself as an instrument of peace?  Do you know you can bring pardon, faith, hope, light and joy to the world?  Are you a mediator? 

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