It has taken everything you’ve been through
to get you not only to where you are in life,
but also to who you are.
That’s in no way to say it’s all been good.
Too many of you have been through experiences
I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
So, not justifying all experience, but simply stating the fact:
you have absorbed every experience into your being—
some more consciously than others—
some more gratefully than others.
It is our faith affirmation though
that God has been with you through them all—
named or not—noticed or not.
It is also our faith affirmation that who you are
is good gift to the world.
So thanks for the gift you are,
and all you’ve been through to be that gift.