Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful

First, last, and always, for life.

For the health I have—and for that which I will recover. For friends, teachers, and mentors who have walked with me through the past seven months—and for those who knew me only before. For old friends I'm back in touch with. For community: school, church, online, on the street. For A., and for her cats. For Max (who does not have TB). For good medical care. For everything that cancer has given and taught me. For realizing only recently that I’m shedding not only my heroes, but the need for them—and that is as it should be. For Bernice Johnson Reagon’s voice. For my own. For work that I love and can do, which keeps me connected to God and the world beyond myself. For the way my legs feel when I come in from walking in the city half the night. For friendly, forgiving drag queens. (How could I have forgotten meeting someone named Ruby Slippers?) For the man in a hospital bracelet who gave me communion—and for the one who threw my demons in my face just by existing. For the grace everyone gives me, to be where I am. For laughter, joy, and normal conversations.

For food, and shelter, and friends who share. For love all around me, and for the grace to see it. And once again, for life.

8 comments:

Cathy said...

AMEN.

Ann said...

And we are thankful to have you and your joy of life in our lives!

it's margaret said...

Amen --and YES to life, and yours in particular!

FranIAm said...

Amen! I too am grateful to have journeyed with you here on the blog and for a world that has you in it.

There is much to be thankful for- amen amen amen.

Kirstin said...

Thanks, all!

Jane R said...

Amen! L'chaim - to life!

Mimi said...

Amen!

Jozet at Halushki said...

That's a wonderful list!

Happy Thanksgiving!