To the women on my journey Who showed me the ways to go and ways not to go, Whose strength and compassion held up a torch of light and beckoned me to follow, Whose weakness and ignorance darkened the path and encouraged me to turn another way.
To the women on my journey Who showed me how to love and how not to live, Whose grace, success and gratitude lifted me into the fullness of surrender to God, Whose bitterness, envy and wasted gifts warned me away from the emptiness of self-will
To the women on my journey Who showed me what I am and what I am not, Whose love, encouragement and confidence held me tenderly and nudged me gently, Whose judgement, disappointment and lack of faith called me to deeper levels of commitment and resolve.
To the women on my journey who taught me love by means of both darkness and light.
To these women I say bless you and thank you from the depths of my heart, for I have been healed and set free through your joy and through your sacrifice.
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