Geaux.

I am an LSU Tiger through and through. Pride rises in my heart at the sight of an LSU bumper sticker. Anyone wearing LSU gear is automatically an ally. I bleed purple and gold.

You might have heard about the ever-increasing tension between LSU and Alabama. I, being the Tiger that I am, have been trained for the past four years to hate all things Crimson. I have many loved ones from back home that love Alabama. I just pretend they don’t.

That said, I help lead worship for the Refuge, a wonderful college ministry at LSU. Refuge Band was invited to lead worship at a retreat for a college ministry at Alabama. Last weekend, we packed all our stuff in a trailer, hopped in a big old Yukon and made the long trek into enemy territory.

As we pulled in to the city, our drummer leaned out the window and belted “GEAUX TIGERS!!!” at the top of his lungs. As much as I don’t like Alabama, I was ashamed. We were those Tigers. Even still, there was crimson everywhere I looked. Clearly I needed to be on guard at all times.

Last weekend, I sang and played piano for a group of college kids that I didn’t know from a school that I’ve been trained to despise. But every wall of division in my heart melted to the floor as I saw their hands raised in worship and their hearts lost in the presence of God.

I got the honor to sit with a few of them and listen to their stories. I soon discovered that I was in a room full of brothers and sisters whose lives have been changed by the same Jesus who turned my own world completely upside down. It was humbling to say the least.

I will never root for Alabama.

But there is an added sweetness to my understanding that I am part of a beautiful story written by a beautiful God, who ransoms hearts from every tribe and nation and tongue and university.

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and is in all. Put on then as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.
Colossians 3:11-12

Grace and peace

Hope

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Anchors Away!

Life is a whirlwind! Literally. Hurricane Isaac decided to sit on Louisiana for what seemed like forever. Pastor Kevin McKee said it wonderfully this morning: “Like a bad guest, it came late and stayed for far too long.”

I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the love of God. I came across something a couple days ago that sank like an anchor deep in my heart:

How precious is Your steadfast love, Oh God
the children of mankind take refuge in Your wings.
They are filled by the abundance of Your house
and You give them drink from the river of Your delights.
For with You is the fountain of life
and by Your light do we see light.

Psalm 36:7-9

This has not ceased to fill my heart with LIFE. That He crafted us to behold His power and glory, to be loved beyond our comprehension every moment of every day. He LOVES to fill us with His delight. His unending, irrevocable, sure love is our life and joy. It sure is fun to learn to walk in it!

Rest assured, God is using everything in your life to root you and build you in His love. (Colossians 2:6-7, Romans 8:28-29). Enjoy being His beloved today.

Grace and peace,
Hope