Lauren and Mikaela--identical twins living on opposite coasts--blog about the story of life and their adventures in faith.

8.14.2012

I Walk Among Heroes

The Widow
Each morning we rise to greet a world of people all too like ourselves: mortally flawed, intrinsically selfish, and tenaciously bitter.  But those daily acts of blatant selfishness recede as all the smoke and flames once did around the World Trade Center and become just a black backdrop for the noblest acts of heroism Americans have ever seen. 

And lest you doubt those heroes exist, I tell you that I know without a doubt that I walk among heroes every day of my life, for I have seen them:

I have seen my great-aunt sitting tall and regal while a military officer presented our flag to her in honor of her late husband's service to his country as a young man.

I have seen my little brother have the forethought to gather the shells from the twenty-one gun salute at the funeral.  Though they were his prized treasures, he lovingly held them out in his palm to give to each family member for remembrance.

I have seen the woman who brought my grandparents to the Lord sparking a generational heritage she could not have known, and in her eighties make sharing the Gospel to telemarketers one of her life callings.

I have seen my mother endure more pain in the past few years than I ever knew was possible and yet still smile sunnily and make the coffee each morning and dinner at night and give a thousand hours of serving in between. 

I have seen my friend choose to honor her Lord and her parents rather than give into deep temptation. 

I have seen my father hold his silence in an argument he could easily win, stalwartly keeping his temper. 

I have seen the divorced man who lovingly and faithfully woos his unbelieving and hard-hearted wife. 

I  have seen the couple who adopted needy children, some of whom may otherwise have been another abortion statistic, and have spent their retirement years in selfless sacrifice, throwing themselves into raising this second family.

I have seen a dear friend, now in her sixties, who chose a personal relationship with the Lord despite the entreaties and disapproval of her mother. 

I have seen the friend who knows she may be going blind and yet carries a joyous smile and can't stop talking about how good the Lord is, and it is then that I realize that all these people, they are heroes. 

I walk among them every day. Though to you they are strangers in line at the grocery store, to me they are the most noble people in the world, people who live lives of quiet heroism against the backdrop of rampant selfishness.  No one writes magazine articles about them, and no movie rights to their stories have been purchased, but they don't care.  What they do isn't for the world to see but for the world to be changed. 


Photo Credit: h.koppdelaney

8 comments:

  1. I love it! These are indeed heroes...~Johanna www.thinkibility.blogspot.com

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  2. Wow, Lauren, this was incredibly beautiful and what a tribute to each one you mentioned. And what an inspiration they are!

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  3. Beautiful.

    Deeply thought provoking for me.

    Your mama is one of my heroes too. She shows me how to handle horrendous grief with grace and elegance, though her heart must be shattered. I really love her.

    Thank you for posting these gut-wrenchingly beautiful words.

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  4. Thank you so much for posting! This gave me chills. It is SO right! I need to be looking around for the heroes and heroines in my life!

    Blessings.
    ~Emily

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  5. Hi, Mikaela and Lauren!

    First of all, I loved all of the great reminders of the heroes in my life. So true!

    Secondly, I have a HUGE favor to ask. I am a finalist in a Christian design contest by Desiring God (John Piper's website). It is a huge blessing and I am so thankful for the opportunity.

    My goal is to make it into the Top 3 and I would be honored if you would help me. If you would like to vote for me, please visit this Facebook link and "like" my picture. Also, would you be willing to share this link with your friends?

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151711916009240.468994.7975984239#!/photo.php?fbid=10151711923679240&set=a.10151711916009240.468994.7975984239&type=3&theater

    Thank you so much! Your support means the world to me!
    <3
    Gabrielle

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  6. Johanna--Thanks for your sweet comment! I love hearing from you!
    Ruthie--Isn't it amazing what God has done through these people? Once I got started thinking of my heroes, I couldn't stop!
    Mrs. G--Thank you for your sweet, kind words! God has been so good to me by bringing all these people into my life, especially Mama!
    Emily--It's amazing how encouraging it is to actually start writing your heroes down! Who have you thought of?
    Gabrielle-Thanks for your comment! I always love seeing your name pop up! Congratulations on being a finalist! That is beyond exciting! Neither Mikaela nor I have a personal Facebook account, actually, but I would love to do what I can to support you--I'll ask my mom to like your picture, and see if I can spread your link to some people. Thanks for letting me know, and please let me know if you win, too!

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  7. How incredibly sweet this post is. Now I want to meet all your heroes! Of course, I know numerous heroes/heroines in my own life and you've just inspired me to go list them on paper, remember them, watch them, follow their example, and thank GOD for them.
    God bless you, Lauren.

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  8. I love your blog... I hope you will check out mine. http://emmavogelsang.blogspot.com/ . It is called Living Fully by Faith .


    Em

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