I’m grateful to be here today, living my life the way I want to, surrounded by loved ones and friends (some virtual, some real). Some of my friends did not make it this far, and when I think about the million possibilities their lives could have taken, I am all the more grateful to be alive. To be free. To be whole and safe and loved.
As we bow our head in grateful thanks to our Creator, may we always be grateful for all our blessings and may we always see our challenges as life lessons. May we never forget to share, to forgive, and to love. May our pursuits of joy be tempered with concern for our fellowmen. And may we always be united in kinship and friendship- here’s to all of us!