That changes now.
I have never been overly religious. I was baptized non-denominational, confirmed Lutheran during a stint where being religious was cool (WWJD bracelets, anyone?) and we were married by a Justice of the Peace. Blake was born and raised Catholic, though hardly practicing.
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Blake loved the church as much as I did, and we haven't looked back since. It will be three years in March and we are so thankful to our church family. They were there when our marriage was struggling. They were there when there were family troubles. They have held Cristian in light and he has made some great friends.
Our church is doing GREAT things. I am so blessed to be part of a great community. We are giving back to men who need help and showing that there is still good in the world. If you have some extra funds or are in the Milwaukee area and have some extra time, please give back.
Back to the point of this all...I need to stop thinking of all the negative and focus on the positive. I may have illnesses, but I am still alive. I may be busy working, but I have a job. I have a beautiful son and a wonderful husband. There may be some family issues, but it has allowed me to know my TRUE family. Winter isn't fun all of the time, but I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and love in my heart.
This all occurred to me at church (and now the entry is brought full circle) when we, in unison, elderly and young, homeless and wealthy, sick and healthy, said the following departing prayer:
Open unto me...light for my darkness.
Open unto me...courage for my fear.
Open unto me...hope for my despair.
Open unto me...peace for my turmoil.
Open unto me...joy for my sorrow.
Open unto me...strength for my weakness.
Open unto me...wisdom of my confusion.
Open unto me...forgiveness for my sins.
Open unto me...tenderness for my toughness.
Open unto me...Thy Self for my self.
Lord God, open unto me!
Religious or not, these are words we can all use at times. Just to remember that we are only human and we are still loved. You don't have to believe in God, but you should believe in something.
Start with yourself. I'm working on that part for 2011.