This year has been filled with changes, from graduating high school and entering college to living on my own; I have lost close friends, but gained new ones. Through all of the confusion and mayhem, there has been one constant: God. He has always been there beside me throughout all of my struggles. Of course there are things that I wish would be better, but this time of the year is not to be selfish, but rather selfless. It is a time of giving thanks for what we each have been blessed with. No matter what hardships we face in our lives, we must always remember to be thankful for what we have, whether it be good health or doing well in school. I hope that everyone will take the time to thank God for what He has given during the holidays.

Dear Lord,          

I thank you for everything that you have given me. I thank you for helping me adjust to this new environment smoothly. I thank you for giving me a loving family that is willing to make the drive down to Tucson to visit me when I cannot visit them. I thank you for helping me make new friends at school and at church. They all have made this transition much better. I know that sometimes I feel that you are not around me, but I pray that you will help remind me of everything that you have given me. When I look back at all that you have provided, it’s hard to believe that I would ever doubt you. I thank you for LTF in giving me a chance to worship you. Most of all, I thank you for surrounding me with brothers and sisters in Christ even in this new environment. They have helped me stay on the path of righteousness and have helped me grow spiritually. I pray all of this in your Son’s name.