{Drawn By Love} part 2

Today’s post is written by our Live Brave Founder, Lesley Glenn. 


April 10, 2010 – The Gardens of Mater DeLaRosa 

I sat amongst the vibrant colors .

It greeted me with a handshake I couldn’t let go of.

I wiped the stinging tears from my eyes.

I silently screamed…”Why did  you bring me here God? Really?”

” How does this align  with my life?”

“The Seven Sorrows of Mary”

I had to let go, completely, before God could redeem. 

Let go of who?

My son.

In these gardens, I was to learn the greatest lessons of mothering, from one of the greatest mothers.

Her name:  Mary

Her son’s name:  Jesus –  God Saves

My name: Lesley

My son’s name : Justin – one who brings justice  ~   Kalei’alii – messenger of the king.


Sorrow #1 

Her son is called.  

Luke 2:25-35

She is given a promise about her son.  The one she bore.  His destiny and calling secure.  

Sorrow #2 

The Journey

Matthew 2:13-21

To bring her son to a safe place she must journey long and hard, but for HIM she would do anything.

Sorrow #3 

The Loss

Luke 2: 41-50

Frantic to find HIM and to bring him back home, results in her understanding that God’s protection is clearly over him.  

Sorrow #4

Bearing the cross

Luke 23: 26-32

A mother’s anguish as she watches HIM suffer.

Sorrow #5 

His Death 

Mark 15:22; John 19:18, 25-27; Mark 15:34; Luke 23:46

My son must die to himself before he can be redeemed.   Though the beatings are brutal and my mom’s heart is ripped in shreds.  Remember this:  He is called.  

Sorrow #6 

In Her Arms.

John 19:31-34, 38

She receives her son in her arms.  She weeps. She loves HIM unconditionally.

Sorrow #7 

She Lets Go. 

Luke 27:55-56

The sadness of letting go and wondering if she will ever get to see HIM again.  She has a promise, though, a promise that he will be back.  Redeemed.  


For two years, my heart was in shambles, waiting and watching for the promises that he gave me for my son.

And then it happened.

July 14, 2012


That early morning phone call itched so deep in my mind.

A sigh of relief.

He is alive.

My son’s redemption was on its way.  

Two years of hard work, consequences, and restoration.

Two years of grace, commitment, mercy and unwavering love.



Why do I share this very personal story?  Because being BRAVE through parenting a way ward child can be one of the hardest things we do.  We never give up.  We always persevere.  So if you are that parent right now.

God’s promises are true.

He has a plan.

He has a calling.

He will redeem.

This I know.


I am Lesley Glenn. I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend, who loves art, writing, cooking and writing. I am a metavivor, and purpose my life to live intentionally everyday, breathing out the best story I can by being authentically me. I also write alongside my husband, athttp://www.mikeandlesleyglenn.org and am the founder of Dandelion Wishes, Inc. A 501(c)3 organization that effects hope, healing and restoration through advocacy, art and action.

6 thoughts on “{Drawn By Love} part 2

  1. I get this all too well. “God’s promises are true. He has a plan.He has a calling. He will redeem. This I know.” Amen and amen. This is where we rest. Much love to you and yours.

  2. This is beautiful. I’m so glad your son is back! My mother’s son is not and will never come back. That is the grief and loss we bear. Thank you for this blog. I will be visiting again. Bless you!

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