I was thinking today how much I’ll miss everyone. It’s been really wonderful getting together (very deliberately) with friends the last few weeks. You guys really mean a lot to me. I know I’ll make new friends, but it won’t be the same. Everything’s going to change now.

Thank you, Lord, for leading me out of my comfort zone; for pushing me toward a dependence on You instead of myself; for making me realize how thankful I am for this life you have given me. Thank you for the sadness that I feel in leaving my home and friends, and thank you for the joy in the hope of seeing them all again after a time. Please help me to dwell not on the way things were, but to look forward to all the new things that You are going to do, and to the ways that Your name will be glorified.

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