Thursday, November 25, 2004

My year in thanks

Wow, this year I think I have more to be thankful for than any other year of my life. For most of you I don’t have to do this, but I want to recap my year up to this point. I thank G-d with all my heart and soul for giving me the courage to break up with Steven. Even more so, I thank G-d for giving me the strength I have needed to leave the church and start my own spiritual journey. I am thankful for CJ Cox for writing the beautiful movie, Latter Days, a movie that has had such an impact on my life, with the movie came the discussion board, and with the discussion board came the most wonderful angels G-d could have ever blessed me with. I’m not even going to try and list names because I know I will end up leaving some of you out, but you’re all angels! I would like to single out a few though, if I may.

Kevin, where do I even start? Can you see how much I have grown in the past 11 months?!?! You have been the biggest blessing in my life this year. Through you, I have found real beliefs, and real love for the gospels. You have shown me a better way! You took me in as a student, taught me so many things, and worked with me day and night. I know I haven’t been the easiest student, always asking too many questions and then you helping me emotionally. Also thank you for introducing me to Billy, who I love and admire as much as I do you. You both have influenced my life in such a way that I am forever in debt. You two are my new Dads, and have already fulfilled that role more than my bio father did and he had 21 years, where as you and Billy haven’t even had a whole year.

David, I love you so much! You have been there encouraging me along the way, helping me with spiritual questions, and French homework :-) You guys will always have a place in my heart.

Ok, back to my year, I’m thankful for Bishop John Shelby Spong, for completely ruining my faith in G-d, Jesus and the scriptures! But at the same time, bringing about a new kind of faith, a true faith, something I can believe in on my own, and not because someone else tells me it’s so. I am thankful for all the knowledge I have gained throughout this year, and especially this semester at UNM. I thank G-d for my mom and that she doesn’t have cancer, and for all my families well being.

These are just a few of the things, and a few of the people I am thankful for this year. Each day, I find new things to give thanks to G-d ranging from getting an A on an exam, pink staples, the ability to walk and see. The chance to feel the rain and make people laugh. For each hug, and every smile. Ducks and crazy geese, friends and family who love me. Train whistles in middle of the night and music on the radio. I thank G-d and all the angels he has sent to me, for helping make me who I am today, and who are always by my side.

Kol brakhot tobot (Only good blessings)


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