I may get bossy when around my sisters; I may laugh too loudly at crass jokes and secretly feed the cat that hangs out in my parents' front yard (even though my Mom has "expressly forbidden" the feeding of stray cats). I may cry at movies at which no one else cries (for you, C).
I may not look the way I'd like or act the way I should or be as strong as I dream of being. I may fight when I should flee, flee when I should fight, and leave best friends in awkward situations to fend for themselves (ask Jiggers about the walmart trip in college).
But tonight, I'm just so extremely thankful -- for this abundant, merciful, and love-filled life I've been given. I am not deserving. If only I could give this day to someone who didn't have a good day today. I wish I could wrap up the comfort found in a loving family, a cheerful home and a deep sense of belonging and gift it to someone who doesn't have any of those things.
If that "someone" is you -- I'm praying for you tonight. You are not forgotten. May you be ridiculously and extravagantly blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth...
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. -- Psalm 145:8
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. -- Psalm 34:18