Friday, May 10, 2013

A Letter to my Son

My dear sweet son,

What an absolute joy it is to welcome you into the world today! There are so many people who have been praying and patiently waiting for this day—most of all your mom and dad—and our prayers have been answered.

William, you are a precious gift from God. We are so grateful that He has entrusted you to us, and we are committed to loving you and raising you in the ways of the Lord—not through our own love and strength, but according to the gospel at work within us through the love and power of Christ.

Our greatest prayer is that one day you will come to know and love and treasure our great Savior, Jesus. Your father and I have known Jesus from a very young age, but as we waited for you, we came to know him even more intimately. We learned first-hand the breadth and length and height and depth of his love for us as he comforted and loved us through our struggle with infertility (Eph 3:18-19). We came to know his perfect peace as we awaited your first ultrasound (Is. 26:3). We experienced his faithfulness again and again each time we heard your heartbeat (1 Cor. 1:9). Most importantly, God reminded us that “The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…(he) is good to all and his mercy is over all that he has made” (Ps. 45:8-9). He is a God who gives good gifts—the best of all, the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

And so, as Psalm 45 instructs us, your father and I commend God’s works to you, dear son. We declare his mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of His majesty and on His wondrous works, we will continue to meditate. We will speak to you day and night of the might of God’s awesome deeds and will declare his greatness in our home. We will put forth the fame of his abundant goodness and you can bet we will sing aloud of his righteousness. We love to sing in this family—in case you didn’t know that already!

We love you sweet William, but from this day forth, we want you to know that Jesus loves you more. Our love will at times fail you. We are sinners who love imperfectly. But God’s love is never-failing, unconditional, and perfect. He loves you more, William. He loves you most. And we are so thankful for his love towards you!

Welcome to our family, sweet boy. Our God is so good.