During the National Day of Prayer, I gathered with a few other people in our worship center to pray for our country. One of the things we prayed for was the condition of our country's families. While praying, the Lord brought to mind a couple of things.
For the past 12 years, God has blessed me by putting people in my life who have invited me into their homes and lives. They have listened to, cared for, sheltered, fed, prayed for, corrected, laughed with, taught, employed, driven, encouraged, welcomed, recommended, guided, cryed with, hugged, believed in, pushed, and well... loved me. And I thank God everyday for them. They have become my family.
And so I dedicate this post to these people who I love and have been shaped by. I am who I am because of you. Those who I am able to bless are blessed because of you. It is my prayer and desire to love others as you have loved me. I hope that, one day, I can make some lonely, disillusioned, naïve, and scared kid part of my family. Just like you made me part of yours.
Ted Neely, Clarence Pope, Ron & Barb Lawson, Terry & Karen Boyce, Mark Shelley, Dr. David Olshine, Howie & Amy Biemick, Katie & Ron Edwards, Kurt Johnston, Matt & Misha McGill, Puddles, Taffy, Rich "Coach" Kelly, Allison Hibbard, Josh Griffin, and Steve Faiai.
I owe you my life...