Oh, to Hell with it!

Okay, I’m gonna go ahead and come out and say it: I’m a Jew.

Or, to be more precise, a Jew-in-training.

While that may come as a surprise to many of you, the first thing I will say about it is that it is merely a change in terminology for me–this is how I have felt and what I have believed for most of my life. But I didn’t think that there was an option to Christiany since our world is so overwhelmingly Christian, and so I’ve spent most of my life trying to talk myself out of how I feel, of what feels right. I’m done with all of that now; I am giving a name to what has been in my heart for so long.

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Yesterday, my students and I watched a video about The Gratitude Project–a video I’ve seen on YouTube about a dozen times and it has made me cry every single time. I’d explain it, but then I’d ruin it, so I’ll just drop it here for y’all to take a look at:

Since I watched it for the first time a couple of months ago, I’ve taken the time to call/text/email/Skype/write letters to a lot of people in my life I’m grateful to, but today I would like to reiterate those thanks… I know that everyone is doing a “People/Things I’m Thankful For” list today, but I have so much to be grateful for today that the haze of depression didn’t let me see even yesterday, so I need to take some time to be grateful for (in no particular order, just writing as I feel it):

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