By Michael W. Raley
Another year is coming to a close
And for a brief window of time,
The future seems hopeful and optimistic.
For a fleeting moment,
We take a deep breath
And reflect on everything that was,
Whether it was heavenly bliss or hellish torment.
These times serve as tests,
Which can make or break
Our characters and spirits.
As I look back,
One word comes to mind: Survivor.
By God’s grace, I’m still standing
After languishing in the throes
Of despair, loss, and spiritual torment.
I’m still here.
I’m still looking forward.
I’m still fighting.
I will not give up.