For the ego maniac: this post is not for you.
For the timid soul, the quiet soul, the wondering soul: please step forward.
It is very important for you to understand, Dear Reader, that you are important. Just as you are. Whether you are a child of four, who is completely obsessed with Darth Vader and light sabers or a young teenager exploring how to express your uniqueness, or a young man who is supposed to have it all together and really feels like it's all a sham, that it will all fall apart in a moment, or a woman past menopause, past children, past caring about what to serve for dinner, or the elderly man of 95 who wonders why he is still alive: you matter.
You have experience, strength and hope that others need. You see the world slightly differently, and it helps all of our perspective to see it from yours. You are brave. You don't give up. You endure great things and show us that we can endure too. You have a quiet faith. Or a questioning faith. Or maybe just a vast puzzlement mark when it comes to God. That's o.k. too. God can handle that. Just keep being you and being open to finding out the truth about yourself, God, the world.
You matter. You may not see it now, but it's true. As true as the sun and moon and air and water. It is an elemental truth: you matter.