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Welcome 2013: A Letter from Mike Helkenn

De Colores Friends,

As we say goodbye to 2012 and welcome 2013, I am reminded to reflect on my blessings and give thanks to our loving Father for these. I am not one to make “New Year’s Resolutions” (most of mine last only minutes anyway! For instance: “I will cut down on my chocolate intake.” Yeah, right…), so I won’t. I would like to list a few of the many blessings that I have received this past year, though, and I pray your list is at least as long as mine.

I am thankful for:

  1. My lovely bride, Janice. She still loves me, which is both miraculous and joyous. Thank you, Lord, for this precious gift!
  2. My two daughters, Marie and Julie. Their love and kindness are proof that Janice and I did something right. Bless their efforts to be loving and faithful to you.
  3. My friends (especially my “Groupies”)! I am blessed to have so many. If I start naming them, I’d run out of space or forget someone. Every one of these men has loved me in ways only God knows. Their support, prayers, laughter, and tears are truly from God. Their advice and counsel have made a positive impact in my life and have helped me become a better person.
  4. My health. (No, this is not a joke!) Though I have had several issues, I still am able to see the grass from the green side, hear the birds sing, smell the freshness of the ocean, feel the rain on my face, and taste any number of delicacies.
  5. My job. God has blessed me with a teaching career that has been (mostly) enjoyable and rewarding. Thank you, Lord. Bless my students… their lives will be more challenging than people realize.
  6. Cursillo. God uses this movement to help us humans realize how much we are loved and how we can better love one another. Great method, too: Make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to Christ. Who knew that sharing regularly with others our struggles and successes in Piety, Study, and Action would have such a dramatic effect in our lives? Thank you, God, for revealing this to us!
  7. Patrick O’Brien. His leadership of this movement during the past years has been consistent and loving. I am blessed to call him “friend.”

My prayer for all of us in this New Year is that we can be aware of more opportunities to be a positive influence in our environments. I pray that we can be examples of Christ by our actions. I pray that we continue to be Christian leaders at home, work, school, and play. I pray that others will see our love and be moved to seek the One who is Love.

“Let your gentleness be known so all may know the Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:5)

Much love,
Mike Helkenn

©2012 San Diego English Speaking Cursillo

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