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Poem for My Sponsor

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Finally,
the shame is beginning to melt,
washed into simple awareness
by the grace of your witness
and understanding.
Finally,
I am not alone
with my fear
and grief.
Finally,
after all these long years,
I have a companion
for every occasion
when I need reassurance,
accountability,
encouragement,
forgiveness,
or celebration of growth.
Finally,
I have a mirror for my healing
and an example to follow
for the new service I can give
simply by allowing others
to witness my own transformation—
pain, shadows, and all.
My gratitude expands beyond words
for your companionship on this journey.
May I give back to the world
even a small part
of the camaraderie,
courage,
compassion, and wisdom
you have shared with me.

May your heart feel my thanks,
and may you know you are
a precious light in the world.

— Catherine W., Brooklyn Park, Minnesota USA

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