The coffee had not kicked in. My eyes were drooping and my stomach growled. But, when the music started, those things didn’t matter. Together- nearly 5,000 Moms started singing. An incredible sound. We sang imperfectly.. in pitch and in something entirely DIFFERENT from pitch. (that would be ME) Some knew the words- others needed the screens to help us sing. Some had hands raised, some swayed, some danced, some quietly standing- but each but each one entering into a place of worship. Together. All colors all backgrounds, all different experiences that led us here- We focused on God… not the kids.. not our chaotic lives or the pain we live with. Our voices lifted up and pulled our eyes to a new perspective, a focus on God.
Just when I thought my heart was full…the band started playing the quiet and comforting song: Amazing Grace. That’s when something happened. It was no longer, just “singing”. I listened. I heard the voices and hearts of nearly 5,000 imperfect and messy and complicated mom’s that were being filled with the grace that God was pouring out. It was no longer SINGING about grace- it was HEARING grace, in action.
A simple definition of Grace- is when we receive the opposite of what we deserve- I for sure- do not deserve a special experience with God- but he gave me one. And I believe he offered one to each mom in that room. And offers one to each of us no matter where we are. he longs to have us experience his grace.
What a way to start my day. Here are a few of the faces of MOPS- in worship:
I hope you’ll check out the flickr group pics... so you can see what convention is like… from the inside out…and maybe- next year- you’ll join us for MOPS International Convention.. and share in the experience that God is already planning.
Make sure and check the MOPS Convention Blog– to read Mom’s stories of their experiences at this years Convention- Live blogging- from Dallas Texas! Also make sure and check out the flickr group- you can see all the crazy and wonderful things happening in Dallas RIGHT now! Make sure and click the videos too- for a taste of the event!