I started a post about Women of Faith.
I was sitting in the floor of the concourse of Conseco Fieldhouse, tapping into an electrical outlet (tweeting kills my phone FAST!) on our lunch break on Friday, and I wrote.
And wrote more.
It’s too much. And yet, somehow, it could never possibly be enough.
How do you put into words the emotion that pours out of the women who are brave enough to step onto that stage? To share their pain, their fear, their failures?
How do you share how powerful Elmo’s “Sing A Song” can be when it’s performed by a mother and her child in front of 10,000 women?
Erica Campbell of Mary Mary with her daughter, Grace
How do you explain what it’s like to hear those 10,000 voices come together, in harmony, to sing “It is Well” with Natalie Grant?
How can you begin to describe listening to Sheila Walsh, as she clings to a small stuffed lamb, and reminds you that the shepherd will leave the 99 to save the one? Or the PIMPL* moment of Lisa Harper running at a “nekkid man” on a mountain?
*Pee In My Pants Laughing
How do you convey the emotions stirred up in your heart when Nicole Johnson talks about the broken pieces, and how they can be something beautiful? Or when Angie Smith weeps openly for the daughter who had weight in this world?
You can’t. You can’t really put into words what it’s like to share in the love, the laughter, the loss.
It’s so cliché. I really want to get out that movie announcer voice guy and say “You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You won’t want to miss…. Women Of Faith!”
But that’s just it. You WILL laugh, and you WILL cry. And you will walk away refreshed, and restored, and reaffirmed.
(And if you’re anything like me, you’ll walk away with a pretty new tote bag filled with books and CDs.)
I think that I’m going to have to have some time to break it all back down, and I KNOW that there will be bits and pieces of this weekend that will wash over me time and time again as I write. As I parent. As I live.
And for that, I am grateful.
I was provided two (2) tickets to the Indianapolis Women of Faith event courtesy of Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for two blog posts regarding the event. All opinions and images in this post are my own.