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Why Lady GaGa Led Me to Prayer

My daughter is a dancer so for years we have watched So You Think You Can Dance.

Last week, was Ga Ga week. As a judge, I found her incredibly affirming to the dancers. But one performance brought out a side of this controversial pop sensation that led me to prayer.

Contestant Marko German and all star Allison Holker danced a Sonja Tayeh choreographed number to music by the late Jeff Buckley. The song was entitled, I Know Its Over. It is basically a song about feeling guilty about hurting others and wanting to change. It was danced to perfection but something happened that went beyond the dancing.

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Lady GaGa was so moved that she cried and could hardly speak. The song touched something from her youth. When she finally composed herself, she shared a moment of vulnerability, “There were so many things I did wrong when I was younger and so many things I wish I could take back. I felt every moment of that in your dance tonight.”

Marko was crying too and made an apology for his past actions as a kid to his mom who flew in from Guam to see him dance. Tears were flowing, people were moved.

It was a rare, honest moment on TV.

As I watched, I felt the incredible urge to pray for these people. The display of vulnerability was a small sign of deep wounds that must still be felt. Behind all the costumes, the make-up and the over the top antics, I saw a wounded woman who needs the unconditional love of God. I wanted to reach out and hug her and say, “It doesn’t matter. A forgiving God can heal all those hurt places.”

So I prayed that somehow, some where Lady GaGa would find healing from those hurts and know how much God loves her. That one day she and Marko would experience Revelation 7:16, “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

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