When my husband left for a year long deployment in 2019 I went to church. He picked leaving on Sunday so that day I would be surrounded by love. I was 30 weeks pregnant with our third baby and I was terrified for so many reasons. My heart hurt so deeply that he was gone would miss so much of the babies first year and that I would be alone for all of it. The song “Goodness of God” came on. It is about how faithful God is. As I cried Laurie came over and just put her arm around me. She just loved me right there. As I cried deeper or a new sob came she just put her arm back around me. After worship was over she whispered “you don’t have to sit alone ever again”. My hardest day in Tucson she was my strongest comforter and she was what I needed. I will never ever forget her. And I cry every time I here that song because I am reminded how faithful God has been to me in so many ways. She was the literal hands of Jesus around me when I desperately needed them.
One Sunday morning the sound system was making LOUD screeching noises. It was too much for Mikey's ears. I took him out to the foyer and who was there? Laurie. She said she'd be happy to sit with him out there were it was quiet and peaceful until the songs were over.
Jesus himself said, "bring the little children to me." Laurie took my son under her wing so I could enjoy the worship songs.
Laurie knew how to console someone who was hurting whether physically or emotionally, she consoled people around her. May we look for those opportunities in our day to day life to act as Jesus would. May we live and be a little more like Jesus everyday.
i am a Jesus follower. i am a wife, mother, home-maker and event planner. life is crazy most of the time but i wouldn't trade one minute.