Family of God


What is that mysterious bond people have with one another? I went back to my alma mater Geneva College this past weekend and found that the years “melted away” to quote my college roommate, Rachel. How does that happen? It can only be attributed to one thing: the love of God. Yeah, we sure aren’t perfect. As Christians, we still do stupid things. But we do love each other. I think that’s what the Family of God is…a loving family, led by our heavenly Father.

Let’s hear from you–Tell us a time when you witnessed the Family of God in action.

PS Hey, a quick shout out to Lilly, Jack, Ken, Rachel, Amy, Jim, Barbara, Dr Farra, Lauren, Briana and all the other Geneva theater students! I so loved seeing you!


About lauriebarkercopeland

I'm just like you, but totally unique. We have things in common, but we are all God's one-of-a-kind creatures. I enjoy finding The Funny in life when it gets messy. And we all know how life can get messy, right? Some of the things I love: God, family, friends, storytelling, community, nature, the arts, beauty, travel, fun and games, learning, the study of the personalities, teenagers, acting, writing and missions. More specifically: the mountains, the beach, breathing clean air, traveling to new places, experiences, deep conversations, appreciating the minute in nature, lunching with girlfriends, practicing sensing, predicting trends, taking a few risks along the way. I hate routine, so starting (and keeping up) this vlog is risky for me...but I love community (and a few risks), so I'm going for it! I hope you join me and we can have some Serious Fun together!

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  1. This vlog brought to my mind the importance of the community we put ourselves or our kids in. Part of the reason we were able to experience the family of God at our reunion is because, through the grace of God, we had attended Geneva – still strong in its commitment to be a God honoring college. We spent four years at a place that encouraged spiritual growth and maturity. (Well, some of us found the maturity part a little harder then others!!)

    I’m with you Laurie regarding the great ‘kids’ involved with our little theatre now. Their enthusiasm and quick camaraderie was a special blessing of the reunion. Also, even though we only spent one year together at Geneva and only one semester as roommates, I am amazed how being with you felt like I was with a sister…even after all these years! Your vlog certianly helps point out part of the why 🙂

    • Rachel, I couldn’t agree with you more…Geneva was very nurturing during those critical years of influence. That’s one of the biggest reasons I’m still a fan of Geneva after all these years. (And yes, Peter Pan and I do have something in common…we never want to grow up. Problem is–life keeps forcing me to!! haha!)

      Sister, I have quoted you many time since then, since telling the story of this past weekend…”The years melted away.) 🙂

  2. Wonderful vlog Laurie. It is a special bond, I think in part because we became very vulnerable with each other. We see each other for who we really are…. and our friends still love us despite the wrinkles and warts in our personalities..! Thank you for being such a good friend. It is true we kind of bounced back into a friendship that just had taken us miles and years apart…. feeling very nostalgic right now. Love to you and all the Theater Genevans reading this.

    • I LOVE it! Yes, it’s wonderful to be loved despite warts and wrinkles. I honestly didn’t worry one bit about how I’d “changed” over the years, because I knew the heart of my theatre family. It was great to see you again!!! (30 years later!)

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