Nearly 10 years ago I was kidnapped by 2 Louisianian southerners just outside Louisville, Kentucky in a tiny Indiana town. The older one pushed me into the back of her van, we drove 2 1/2 blocks down the street. She pulled into a hotel parking lot, told me to get out, and I was laughing, so these 2 start laughing, then one of them says, “What is so funny?” I said, looking down toward the facility we left, we could have walked. They escorted me into the hotel lobby and told me to have a seat. The younger one said, how do you like your coffee? And we have been friends ever since.
Not unlike many American women, we met through an activity that our kids were involved with that year. However, it was not your typical, our kids are all on the soccer team at the same high school. The kids were attending a conference, accompanied by their parents, each of us traveling from different states to attend the same conference in a 4th state.
One of the sister is the Jamie I wrote about in a previous post. I have had the pleasure of seeing her last year and again this year. The visit last week was very short and went by SO quickly, but the love of this dear friend runs deep. Who knew that we would be connecting in profound ways quite some time after all of our kids were out of our homes. Today I was introduced to a song by Propaganda. I am not into rap/hiphop, I am pretty sure that is his genre. The song is Crimson Cord, the line, “Wear your scars out loud, that is the fingerprints of the LORD.” And I can honestly say that Jamie and I are acquainted with each others scars. In a strange way they bind us together like a Crimson Cord. The love of Christ that this dear friend has shown me over the years is evident to God’s grace working through this dear daughter of His.
Lisa is the other sister. A faithful friend who continues to open her heart and her home to me and my family. The warm welcome she gave to Dan and me was so true, as a dear sister and friend. We too had a very short visit, about 20 hours but we were packing a lot into a 5 day trip to Texas and wouldn’t you know, we left Texas to visit with Lisa and John, a bordering state. At one point we got on to the topic of writing, a passion that Lisa and I both share. Lisa’s enthusiasm for her story and wanting to hear about the ones I have written were so encouraging and inspiring. Kinda makes me wish that we could meet at the Rhino Coffee, for a London Fog and have word wars once a week. I love Lisa’s transparency and her being so down to earth even though she is Earthy No Longer. (Please do check out Lisa’s blog)
When anyone asks me how I met Jamie or Lisa, I usually say, “she and her sister kidnapped me.” It is fun to have these two women as friends because they are God-given and in some way I did feel captured mostly by their agape love.