Dear God,

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - THE LETTER I WISH I’D SENT -

NOW that I’m in my sun­set years of life I am glad to have this op­por­tu­nity to con­vey my sin­cere grat­i­tude for all the bless­ings you af­forded me dur­ing what could be con­sid­ered a try­ing and haz­ardous life.

Hav­ing been born in the early 1940s on a small farm, I, in my for­ma­tive years to­gether with my school friends, ex­pe­ri­enced dire cir­cum­stances of de­pri­va­tion in prac­ti­cally all as­pects of ev­ery­day life.

How­ever, I was for­tu­nate to have a teacher who al­ways en­sured that ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble was done to in­stil in us the im­por­tance of be­ing hon­est, hard-work­ing and above all to be re­spect­ful to our fel­low hu­man be­ings — all of which ben­e­fited me through life. Hav­ing no op­por­tu­nity, post-NS to avail of sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, I did through long en­deav­our and prayer, ob­tain sec­ond and third-level ed­u­ca­tion through night school, etc, and con­se­quently avail of a rea­son­able po­si­tion in life.

I was for­tu­nate also to have met an an­gel who for al­most 50 years has been my dear wife, and we have been blessed with a bril­liant fam­ily who have achieved won­der­ful aca­demic suc­cess and po­si­tions in life. I also at­tribute this to your guid­ance and bless­ing.

So now in my 70s and af­ter a ful­fill­ing life I re­main con­vinced of your ex­is­tence and how it was so im­por­tant for me to keep in constant touch with you al­ways. Thanks Joe Irish Ad­dress with Ed­i­tor

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