Today is Gavriel Sanders’ Birthday!
His age is not nearly as important as who he is. Many of you have read his email, perhaps seen his picture and in the case of our friends in New York, he may have even been in your home for dinner. What most of you don’t know is that Gavriel and I are brothers. OK, granted we had different Mothers but we’re like brothers.
While Gavriel and others try to overcome the burden that Sandy has placed on so many, some of us will be celebrating Gavriel’s birthday.
Birthdays are thought of as days in which we get gifts, cards and notes of appreciation. Few if any really talk about the gift the person brings to others.
In addition to being the first person that Gavriel told about Ambit, Gavriel and I have been friends since one dark and stormy night in Costa Mesa, California when we met and talked for the first time in 1997. We knew that we would always be friends . . . no matter what.
In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t seem like much time but in today’s time, its important . . . to me. In this short period of time, we’ve been though so much together. We’ve prayed, laughed, cried, worried and celebrated our lives. So much in such a short time.
Without Gavriel, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. Our relationship has made me a better and more thoughtful man. Hopefully, it’s even made me a better writer!
As I look back over these many years, few men have contributed so greatly to my life.
So it is today that I salute my friend Gavriel and thank him for all that he has contributed to the quality of my life.