Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you, oh God, for my life.
For Your protection and careful watch over me, always.
Even in my first thirty-three years, You remained faithful.
Patiently waiting for me to come to You.
Thank you for my disabled body,
That I should remain humble in my brokenness.
That I should grow up free of prejudice and have a healthy dose of empathy for others.
With wisdom and respect, I love the life & body You chose for me.
Thank you, because were it not for my physical disability,
I may never have met the love of my life.
Elana was a gift; my very special gift from You.
Of all the rich blessings You have delivered, she was my best.
Thank you for Elana's life and for allowing me to be a part of it.
You used Elana to bring me nearer to salvation, I know it.
It is because of Your gift & grace that
I now have the promise of everlasting life, an eternity in Heaven.
I once told Elana that she was like the sun.
Her beauty & warmth blazed so bright that any imperfections were blotted out, gone.
But she was like Your Son, also.
Being with Elana everyday was like staring into the face of Jesus. So perfect.
I see my life divided into two parts: my life before I met Elana, and my life after
Talking of marriage, Jesus himself said that two shall become one flesh.
That was certainly true of Elana & me.
My dear wife has left me and I am cleaved in half, ever since.
Even so, thank you. Thank you for Elana and for Jesus.
My Lord and Saviour strengthens me, upholds me in my time of grief.
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.
It is only through Him that I will get to see my sweet Elana again, in glory.
Oh God, thank you for remaining faithful ... for keeping Your promise.
With power, and patience.
With mercy and grace.
For your kingdom to come, amen.