Monday, April 27, 2015

A Letter to My Son

My Dearest Son, 

I can't believe you are two years old. I want you to know, sweetie, that mama and daddy have prayed for you from before we knew you were you and every day through now...

The day you were born was a really long day.  But through it all, my sweet boy, I prayed for you and for me and safety for us both.  

The plans we initially had were changed, but you didn't mind hanging in a while longer.  The nurse showed us your heart rate and said you were having a party every time mama's body hugged you tight.  I had to laugh, because you already sounded very much like mama and how she was when she was your age.  When the final preparations for your arrival had been made, mommy and daddy sat holding hands waiting to hear your sweet, beautiful voice for the first time.  When I heard it, it was music to my ears and brought tears of joy to my eyes.  And I praised God and thanked him.

Daddy got to hold you first and we took your first pictures in this world.  Then you were taken with daddy to get cleaned up and shown off.  It took a while for mama to be able to see you again and hold you for the first time. While I waited, I prayed. I prayed for you, and me, and daddy and I praised God. As soon as I held you in my arms, I couldn't believe how very tiny you were and how much my body just overflowed with love and joy for you and for God.  At that moment I finally understood just how much God loves us and the extreme sacrifice that He made by sending his own son to save us. And I prayed thanking God over and over for Jesus and for you.

In the past two years, I have been overwhelmed with the pure love I have for you my son. Every minute has been an amazing adventure.  You surprise me every day with something new that you have learned. And I am in awe of the little man you are becoming before my eyes.

I want you to know, Bug, that I pray for you. I pray that you will develop a love for Jesus that grows and grows.  I pray that you go where God leads you and serve Him faithfully and fully.  I pray for your health.  I pray for your protection. But I pray most of all for your salvation.  Because, Bug, that is the most important thing in this world for you.  

As important as it is for mama and daddy to take care of you, feed you, clothe you, educate you, read to you, hug you, bathe you and love you, it is no where near as important as telling you about Jesus.  So my son, I want you to know that mama and daddy love you.  And Jesus loves you too.

I also want you to know that church will be a huge part of who we are and not just a place we go.

We will read our Bibles together as a family, because it is the most important book ever because it is God's words.  And we will memorize scriptures so you can be prepared for the battle that is life.

We will pray together as a family and mama and daddy will teach you to pray, because it is our responsibility to introduce you to Jesus and we don't take it lightly.

My dearest son, I know I will make mistakes, I have already made a plenty. But my promise to you, is that I will continue to pray. I will pray for guidance to parent you well.  I will pray for patience and strength and I will remember to teach you about God's grace by giving you grace. And I will demonstrate God's forgiveness by giving it to you and asking for it from you when I make mistakes. 

I thank God for you daily, my son. I will love you forever and pray for you always.


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