Monday, July 2, 2012

My Banner, My Battle Cry

Today is supposed to be Mama Monday. I do have something in mind I want to share for that, but it will have to wait.

This past weekend a dear friend of my husband shared with me how much she loves my blog and thanked me for sharing my story and giving hope to other single mothers. I don't receive many comments on my blog, so I don't often know who exactly reads, especially if they are not a public follower. For that reason I am always blessed when someone approaches me, or emails and shares about how my writing has touched, informed or inspired them in any measure.

CB reminded me about this very special banner that I carry. I don't quite know how to describe it. It's more than motherhood, or the lessons I learned from divorce and single motherhood. It's more than sharing information on support in pregnancy and birth. It's more than the fun little moments with my children and ideas for activities and outings.

At least I hope it is. And if it hasn't until now, that will change.

Today I have found my battle cry.

Watch this.

Now read these lyrics.

I turn the music up, I got my records on
I shut the world outside until the lights come on
Maybe the streets alight, maybe the trees are gone
I feel my heart start beating to my favorite song

And all the kids they dance, all the kids all night
Until Monday morning feels another life
I turn the music up
I'm on a roll this time
And heaven is in sight

I turn the music up, I got my records on
From underneath the rubble sing a rebel song
Don't want to see another generation drop
I'd rather be a comma than a full stop

Maybe I'm in the black, maybe I'm on my knees
Maybe I'm in the gap between the two trapezes
But my heart is beating and my pulses start
Cathedrals in my heart

As we saw oh this light I swear you, emerge blinking into
To tell me it's alright
As we soar walls, every siren is a symphony
And every tear's a waterfall
Is a waterfall
Is a waterfall
Oh oh oh
Is a is a waterfall
Every tear
Is a waterfall

Oh oh oh

So you can hurt, hurt me bad
But still I'll raise the flag

It was a wa wa wa wa wa-aterfall
A wa wa wa wa wa-aterfall

Every tear
Every tear
Every teardrop is a waterfall

Every tear
Every tear
Every teardrop is a waterfall

Every tear
Every tear
Every teardrop is a waterfall 

Now, play the song again, but stand up. 

STAND UP. Stand up and clap your hands and sing along. 

Do it!

Stand up and dance. Stand up and worship. Stand up and raise your hands and throw your head back and spin. 

Stand up and surrender to the Life Force that keeps us going and gives us reason to sing. 

Declare that life will not pass you by, it will not beat you down, it will not conquer you. 

Today we dance. Today we sing. Today we paint and play. Today we shout and laugh. 

Today I wave my banner, whatever it is exactly. I don't know what to call this banner...we'll work on that. For now, I think this scripture pretty much sums up what I want to sing and scream and shout to the world that wants to crush me.

  "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.  So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you." 
2 Corinthians 4:7-12
Life will not have its way with me. I will fly above it all and defy the gravity, the pain, the discouragement. I will have life and spread it around, not the other way around!

Thank you, Coldplay for your words, your music, your painting, dancing, singing and the banner of hope you wave in your video. Thank you for your inspiration.

Thank you Jesus for your words of hope, and for conquering death so we can live. 

Please raise your banner with me. I challenge you to add your comments of your declarations of hope and life. Join with me in my battle cry today.  

What's yours? 

Love and Honey,


becki said...

I love this post. My battle cry today is hope. Our family lost a member a few weeks ago (a foster child who we were trying to adopt decided to leave.) God's plan is so worth the pain and the trials. It is so clear that there is so much hope, and I thank you for posting from 2 Cor. and the song lyrics. It really spoke to me today!

Missy Rose said...

thank you for your kind words, becki! i'm so glad the heart and message of this post resonated with you. i hope it has with others as well!

Anonymous said...

Missy.. I love you..your heart..your vivacious spirit.. I am amongst the senior generation..still your post registers with i have the priviledge of serving some of our nation's Wound Warriors.. i will take your message of hope to each one...thank you..judy hamilton

Missy Rose said...

Thank you Judy! I appreciate your kind words. Please come visit again and share your stories of inspiration. We need them!


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