Leslie BurkeComment

Dear God, 2017

Leslie BurkeComment
Dear God, 2017

I am so thankful for @themitts introducing me to Unity Spiritual Center. My favorite thing about the new year is typically everyone writes a letter to God during the service, they collect them with tithes and then they are mailed to you at the end of the year. I received my letter in the mail right before leaving to celebrate the holidays and New Year in Quebec. So I missed writing my letter in church! However, this blog is my letter to myself so I decided to write my letter here. I got so many of the things I thanked God for in 2016. I earned my first paycheck in nearly two years, I have a healthy body thanks to Classpass and I got engaged and will be officially on the road to Zoe by March. While I did not learn to drive or travel to Asia, I did ride a snowmobile and travel to Costa Rica and France (again) and book tickets to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. When we make plans, God laughs, so I am thankful for everything - what I asked for and what I did not. The things that did not come to pass just yet will in due time if they are meant to be mine.

Dear God,

Thank you for all of the blessings you have bestowed upon me in 2016. You offered me so much of what I asked for including an engagement to a man I have described on paper before meeting, several trips (including three out of the country), the health of my fur babies, the ability to be generous with my time and finances, amazing friends including one who flew across the country during a down moment really showing me her love and my commitment to physical fitness. 

This year, heavenly father, I want to thank you for my amazing new career, my wedding to my love, my perfect honeymoon through Sri Lanka and Maldives, my continued financial stability, my ability to age backwards, and my continued health. I am excited to continue working on learning to drive, writing more (here), forgiving more and being a supportive wife. Many women (some of them are my friends) focus so much on finding a man and getting married. I can honestly say that was never a goal of mine. I don't believe in divorce so this is not a step I am taking lightly. Honestly, I know its going to be a lot of work! Many times I have thought about quitting (my love lovingly forgets these moments). I know there is no going back. Its for similar reasons I have never wanted kids - you can't leave them. That's the way I am treating my marriage and I hope that you give me patience, silence, fortitude and tenacity to keep going on the hardest days. I guess its fair my fiance had his practice and divorce so he knows what he is getting into. It may also be my last full year living in NY. Change is always difficult, but I know that wherever I am as a result of choosing to marry a foreigner, we will support each other and we will always have a best friend in the other.

Yours in faith,

Me

P.S. Photo taken in Quebec City where I was lucky enough to spend the 2016 holiday season.