Thursday, September 20, 2007

Can I get an Amen?!?!?!?!

Now I understand you wake up in the morning and you think to yourself, "I wonder if Courtney will do something ridiculous today?" We know about the pole dancing, the sky diving, the dogs... what next? Rest assured, ladies and gentlemen, I do not disappoint.

Recently, I joined a gospel choir. As in robe-wearing, Jesus-lifting, not-so-white, gospel choir. But not just any choir. A choir composed entirely of breast cancer survivors. Yep... like 50 of us. We wear pink robes. What else? It's powerful and supportive and fun - even if it is a little different. For me at least.

See, I spent 12 years in Catholic school. I sing with my Cathedral Choir here in Atlanta. I'm used to ... how do I say it... "restrained" faith. Mindful prayer. Chants. Organs. It's the difference between singing in a choir loft in the back of the church to being right there up on the altar, if you get my drift.

I have never raised my hand in prayer, never shouted out in agreement when the priest spoke. Instead of lifting anything up, I bow my head. I sneered if there was clapping. Well, all that's out the window, folks.

My first rehearsal, we lifted ourselves up more than I could count. We trusted in Jesus more than I'd even thought of. Granted, there are a few white women in this group, but we're by far the minority. I am also the youngest member. This is something I'm used to by now. I'm not, however, used to singing without sheet music. This is all by ear. It's a whole new world for me. But I figured, "Hell, I'm in the South now - when in Rome..."

But I tell you, I walked into that room and was immediately embraced - physically and otherwise. I was welcomed. They promised to give me rhythm. And hope. They've done both. We share what we have in common, not what's different. Sure, we sing about Jesus. But we also sing about cancer, encouragement and love.

What is this magical group, you ask? It's called Shades of Pink. It's the only group of its kind in the country. And I'm thrilled and honored to be a part of it. This group has not only taught me the about the value of sisterhood, but of faith -in whatever you believe.

I have big news to share with you on this front, just wait -- it gets more ridiculous. You'll just have to keep reading.


Anonymous said...

Amen and amen. ;->

Anonymous said...

Courtney it all seems a great mystery in the beginning, but then you find strength and purpose you never knew existed in yourself. Keep walking, each step you take inspires someone you may never meet. Twenty five years and a whole lifetime from now, you will be amazed at the things you will accomplish. Just remember not to yell out an Amen at Mass (LOL).

Sally said...


I have commented on your blog before ("S"). I just wanted to reach out to you again. You touched me in so many ways at the ATL 3-day (it was my 6th event - San Deigo will make my 7th!). Your words were amazing, and your battle has been one of such courage. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul out the way you do! You make people who do not know you personally so proud of you.


Anonymous said...

you never cease to amaze me. I vicariously live through all the amazing things that you have done and continue to do.

Anonymous said...

Amen sister. Sing it.

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