Fans in the Stands

by Laura on November 9, 2012

I am re-learning community in new ways here in Colorado. I’m intersecting with people I remember were around when I had my babies and when we didn’t have a car. I’m gathering around a fire pit with coffee and wine with friends who know our story, even the crappy parts of it. And I’m emergency-texting prayer requests and “what do you want from starbucks?” on those days when human interaction beats screen-time a million to one. I’ve tasted holy vulnerability under a mountain and over a sushi lunch on a normal Tuesday, talked about things that really matter while circuit training in a gym, and listened to a first-reading of a screenplay written by friends that I’m sure I’ll be watching in theaters before too long.

And I’ve been reminded of the goodness of having someone else’s back, of being in someone else’s corner. And I’m tasting the transformative power of knowing that the same goes for me, too. Because whether we like to admit it or not, we. need. people. We need fans in our stands— those who believe we can rise above whatever we’ve done or whatever was done to us, and maybe both.

And we can wait around for community to happen to us, and then complain when it might not, or we can pursue it and fight for it like our lives depend on it. 

Because they do.

Enjoy this true story from a highschool football team which my precious new friend, Ela, showed me recently.  It’s a story of the power of community, a story that reminds me to show up in other people’s stands. (Subscribers may need to click through to the site to view video.)


On a scale of 1 – 10, how connected to true community do you feel right now?

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  • Tamara Ludlam

    Once again, you have spoken my words much more eloquently than I could. You are right…it’s much easier to complain that community does not exist than to put yourself out there to help create community. The video just brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for this!

    • Laura Parker

      Glad it was encouraging, Tamara. May you keep pursuing others . . . .

      love, Laura

  • Carol


    • Laura Parker

      my response when i saw it first, too.

  • Asia

    Wow, I am anxious every time I see an update in my inbox because I am continually challenged by every one of your posts, but this one is particularly challenging. We moved about six months ago to a new community and have yet to feel plugged in. It has been SO hard – for me more so than my husband (which makes it even harder). Thank you for the unintentional encouragement and a new perspective – what a blessing. Thank you for letting God speak through you to people, it is a beautiful gift.

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