Those are some of the words that others have said about Sunday night's concert. For me, it was such a special night of celebration that I have been pondering and treasuring in my heart. I haven't been able to write sooner, because it all has been so much to take in and process. How to put all this into words! I saw through the days that have passed and the days yet to come, that Laura's life is in the Lord's hands. I was so blessed by the whole night in many ways: the worship, the songs, the friends, Laura's testimony.
I think about some of the things we have been through. I remember when she was a little, wondering "What isn't quite right with our baby?" and the day she was diagnosed with central core disease. I also vividly remember hearing she has a tumor and knowing our lives just changed drastically. Other memories flood my mind: Laura crying and yelling to me as I hold her down "Mom, don't let them do this to me!" And the fear that would be there before shots or blood draws, and I would pray with her and sing "You got to be brave cause Jesus is with you, the promise He gave - He'll never leave you alone. When your dealing with a feeling and your kind of afraid, you know that Jesus is with you, you got to be brave." Also, a night when her counts were low and I knelt beside her bed, looking on at my bald headed daughter and her rapid breathing and I was afraid to go to bed. But God gave me peace and I slept that night in His perfect peace. I remember all her questions sometimes night after night. "Mom, did the doctors find out what's wrong with me?" "Why can't I jump rope?" "Why can Anna do that and I can't?" "When can I play soccer?" "Why did I get this and not Anna?" And I remember bawling my eyes out, asking God what to do with all these and my own difficult questions.
Somehow, on Sunday night, the sting of the sad times and the pain of the hard times LOST ITS STING. And it was purposeful, and hopeful and beautiful. Somehow, it all made sense. Laura's story and her journey brings hope to others because of her incredible perspective and faith in the Lord. Oh that I may grasp my lot in life with just a fraction of that faith and hope, and the peace beyond all understanding that she has.
On Sunday night, the love and support of those 400 people was overwhelming. There to hear a girl who has her eyes fixed on heaven and things of eternal value. The pain and suffering of this world faded away in the sight and beauty of looking heavenward and I needed to be reminded of that. I was reminded that MANY people are suffering, grieving, struggling and I know that Laura's testimony and her songs brought hope to those whose hearts are hurting, just as they've ministered to mine.
So if you were there, THANK YOU. I wanted to talk to more people personally, and wish I could have. Please know how much it meant to us and Laura. Thank you for sharing in the journey, and feel free to post on here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to know YOUR thoughts on the night and Laura's songs. If you know someone who might be encouraged by Laura's CD, please write and ask us for more.