It has been over a month since I’ve shared any thoughts, feelings and/or emotions. But tonight as I stare at this blank white box and try to figure out where to begin – I am flooded with emotions. Emotions of gratefulness, happiness and joy. So here goes nothing…
Dear Hope City Family,
First off, thank you.
Words can’t even begin to say how thankful I am for each and every one of you – no matter if we have had a conversation or not (and if we haven’t, please help me change this)! I truly believe that each and every one of you was put into my life for a reason. Some of you have seen me at my worst and some of you have seen me at my best.. yet somehow, you have always been there through it all and have helped me grow as a person and in my faith. You have taught me not only more about the Bible, but also how to be the best me that I can be.
Thank you for welcoming me in all aspects. Thank you for letting me cry on your shoulder. Thank you for being mother figures and father figures. Thank you for being like siblings.. but most of all, everyone – thank you for being my family. Family isn’t always blood and sometimes you just need to create your own.
It’s nice to have a group of people that you are more than welcome to be comfortable around. I can show you my brokenness, my doubts, my pain.. but also my happiness and joy (and I can share with you, your pain, brokenness, doubts, joy and happiness). I don’t have to be afraid of being who I am because I know you are family.
Hope City Church has brought me so many beautiful memories since the beginning. From the BBQs to softball to worship night to service every Sunday – it brings great joy to my heart to be a part of a group that loves each other unconditionally.
I honestly don’t know where I would be without everyone’s guidance and support through some of the roughest times of my life. Even when I doubted, when I wanted to run away and have nothing to do with God – you still stuck by me and reminded me of His unconditional love. You constantly remind me to trust God’s plan for my life and remind me that it’s much bigger than *my* plan. You give me a safe place where I can share what I’m going through. And really, you have given me lifelong friendships and I honestly would not trade any of it for anything. You are my family.
So, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for EVERYTHING – the memories, the support, the love and the friendship. God truly blessed me with one of the greatest support systems.
I hope that one day I can be able to give back just even a fraction of what you have given to me in these past two years. So, really, if I haven’t said it enough – from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Forever and Always,