An inspiring woman in my faith journey has been my Mom. This week was her 50th birthday and she celebrated BIG. Although she threw a party it was not your typical birthday party; oh no, it was a dancing fundraiser. Okay, let me explain. It all started five years ago when my Mom’s good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’ve never seen a whole faith community come together so fast. Her friend is a wife, a mother of two and a sister in Christ. Within a blink of an eye, she was in danger of losing her life. In that moment, (I’ll never forget) it didn’t even take a second thought for my Mom to step in to help in whatever ways possible. This included weekly visits of fellowship, bringing her the Eucharist, and even taking her daughters to school. Ever since seeing the effects of this disease up- close, my Mom joined the movement for finding a cure for cancer by participating in the annual Susan G. Komen 3-day. She participates in the 60 mile walk during a three day period in San Diego. This fundraiser also takes place throughout America and it is where people share encouraging stories of survival while being a part of sisterhood.
Each year it’s inspiring to see how much goes into each step of the way when months of training, sweat and joyous tears come from this walk. Sometimes, she’ll come home not being able to walk for the next week! But, each time she still says the same thing, “it’s worth all the pain”. It truly inspires me to see how Holy Spirit is completely moving by using a ‘trail in life’ to impact so many lives. Also, a glory story is that my Mom’s friend is now a Breast Cancer survivor. Praise God!
So, why did my Mom throw a Dancing Fundraiser instead of a 50th Birthday party? Because, she believes that it is more important to invite everyone to share in the great experience of helping this great cause and ministry that will save lives. This has been a huge witness to me in the sacrifice of love. Let your “Yes” resound and affect the masses, all for the glory of God. I invite you to join the cause.
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13