April 19, 2012

You are with me like a handprint on my heart

It's my birthday today.  Ever since I first heard this song I knew I could never express as well as the the composer the debt of gratitude I owe to the many amazing people who have so graciously touched my life.  I have come a long way in 45 years.  What God has given me -- and my blessings are countless -- have come almost entirely through you, my family, my friends, acquaintances.  I have not always noted or acknowledged what others have done to rewrite my life.  It hasn't all been happy or easy.  We have hurt each other sometimes.  I do ask forgiveness for the the things I've done you, no doubt rightly, blame me for.  And if there's blame to share, know that I can regret nothing, because we have made it to today.  I am grateful for it all.

I know I'm who I am today because of you.  I have been changed.  For good.

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