A long time ago, before I was born, before my parents were born, before my country was considered or formed, my life was forever changed. I- along with every other citizen of this earth- was given a gift. This gift, wrapped so humbly, was the furthest thing from simple, it was simply everything. A tiny baby’s cry gave me hope. Redemption. Life. Eternity. Forgiveness. Family. And love, pure, unaltering love. That love saved me before I ever drew a breath and has saved me many times since. This hopelessly human and forever flawed girl can dare to speak to God. God! The God, the one and only God. The God of heaven and earth. The gap that stood for so long dividing humanity and divinity was bridged with that gift given all those years ago. My Jesus, I love you so. Thank you for coming to earth, for living a human life and dying a human death. Thank you, Father, for giving us everything worth wanting, everything our souls cry out for. This blessed, beautiful day is everything. Simply everything.