2016 . . . . It bums me out to say that I didn't like a year. . . . .
because days add up with other days to turn into years then turn into what makes up life - and my life is beautiful.
But, my life isn't beautiful because it is perfect. My life is beautiful because it has layers, made up of good and bad, happy and sad, joyful and . . . yeah, I'm sure you get the idea. My life is beautiful because of the grace that weaves its way through the mundane and ugly.
This year, to put it simply, has been mundane and ugly. but, there has been grace gently and beautifully woven through it all:
deeply peaceful moments rocking nephews to sleep, that calmed my heart and helped it to battle the wild unrest that threatened it spinning out of control
learning more about who God created me to be and the giftings that He has given me while struggling to not lose myself completely in the busy-ness of being in control and working
stepping into new and exciting challenges and talents while essentially erasing the work and influence of people who are extremely dear to me
and so many more. . . . . oh, 2016. I can't lie. I will be be happy to see you leave. I will be very happy to count down your last few seconds, kiss my loved ones and celebrate the beginning of 2017.
But, I can't go without thanking you for the layers that you have added to my life. I know at some point in my future, as I look back over this beautiful life, I will be glad for the graces that were woven into the lovely layers of my life within your days.