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Praise to the Women on my Journey by Rev. Melissa Bowers

                  To the women on my journey
                  Who showed me the ways to go and ways not to go,
                  Whose strength and compassion held up a torch of light
                  and beckoned me to follow,

                  Whose weakness and ignorance darkened the path and
                  encouraged me to turn another way.

                  To the women on my journey
                  Who showed me how to live and how not to live,
                  Whose grace, success, and gratitude lifted me
                  into the fullness of surrender to God,

                  Whose bitterness, envy, and wasted gifts warned me
                  away from the emptiness of self-will.
                  To the women on my journey

                  Who showed me what I am and what I am not,
                  Whose love, encouragement, and confidence held me
                  tenderly and nudged me gently,
                  Whose judgment, disappointment, and lack of faith called
                  me to deeper levels of commitment and resolve.
                  To the women on my journey who taught me love by
                  means of both darkness and light,

                  To these women I say bless you and thank you from the
                  depths of my heart, for I have been healed and set free
                  through your joy and through your sacrifice.

                  This poem is published in the current edition of "Chicken Soup". Rev. Melissa Bowers is autographing copies of the book to raise money for a local coalition of Habitat for Humanity. If anyone would like her to autograph a book for a particular woman as a gift, she would be happy to do so. She will send the book (softcover) autographed to any U.S. address for a donation of $15. From the proceeds, $3 will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. Simply send a check and details to Rev. Melissa Bowers at:
                  Rev. Melissa Bowers - Chicken Soup
                  511 N. Main St.
                  Lee's Summit, MO 64063-1966>