Monday, April 8, 2013

little boys and warriors

Today I see a warrior out my window.  He's got a big world around him, and lots of soldiers with him.  I see a little boy with a big fight in him.  I see a little boy who has always been my "strong willed child."  I see a little boy who's got a lot of man in him.  I see a little boy who wants to be a little boy, but who's been given the role of a hero.  I see a little boy who has lost a lot of innocence, but who has gained a lot of courage and strength.  I see Luke.  I thank God that he's so feisty, even though it drives me crazy.  I know that he has great things to do, amazing things to yet accomplish.  I pray that he'll be healed entirely, and that he will grow up to be a man.  A man of great integrity and a man of strong faith and strong convictions.  A man who can forgive and not judge, a man who can love deeply and play hard.  A man who can find happiness and joy in the small things, even when the world crumbles around him.  A man who can take his "bad luck" and use it for good.  I see Luke.
When life is so confusing, I think it's important to grab hold of what matters.  To live passionately for what you believe in and to do what you're called to do.  To love, to serve, to give, to accept, to run, to rest, to seek and to learn.  I see warriors all around me.  They don't all have the markings we'd expect to see, not on the outside, but everyone is fighting a battle of some sort.

He may have hair, he may not be living at the hospital, he may be playing outside, he may be wearing normal clothes..but that doesn't mean the fight is done for him.  He takes his chemos daily, and more..he takes his steroids.  He wears a mask around large crowds, he runs out of energy when out playing with friends.  He has tummy aches, and uses the bathroom WAY more often than any kid should.  He has aches and pains and  cravings and frustrations.  Cancer wreaks havoc and threatens to try and rob us.  We are fighting.  We are soldiers standing shoulder to shoulder.  Hold your head up Luke, and hold up your weapons, and we are fighting this battle with you always.  xo Mommy

Ephesians 6:10-18

New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

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