It was her birthday so I bought her a drink at Jugo Juice and sat and listened to the latest happenings from her life. As I sat and listened I realized that she was only fifteen when I met her two years ago. In that amount of time I've seen her change a lot. After all she went from being an atheist to being baptized on my back porch. Even though life isn't easy on her I am proud of the woman she is trying to become. So as she finished up telling me about the present I asked her in one word to describe the past year. She instantly said, "spiderweb". When I asked what that represented she told me how of you look carefully at a spiderweb it is difficult to find any smooth lines and stuff gets stuck in it. When i asked her what word she would choose for the upcoming year she said sunshine. As in warmth, bright, and happy.
Those are words of hope. Of challenges. I hope her hopes are perceived this year as she continues in her journey of faith and relationship with God. Join with me as I cheer her on.