May God feel your friend, your advocate, your father,
for you are not forsaken.
May you find contentment,
even when you cannot find answers.
I pray that the families to whom you belong
— by blood, or faith, by friendship or calling —
grow to understand what you most need,
and give it, wholeheartedly.
I wish you courage that can look fear in the face,
and still walk forward.
I wish you freedom from pain
— and an understanding that the pain you do experience
can make you powerful.
I will you to feel zero shame, for anything.
I wish you friendship in surprise places.
May you sing, in the middle of the darkness.
I pray that you may find thankfulness, and joy,
In every small, good thing.
May you always be warmed, from your soul to your skin.
May your battle be won.
For a friend.