My boys, I’m writing to you now, as I’ve done many times since you were born and even before.
Love letters to echo across seasons and space, always sealed with a kiss and Mom-sized hug.
Each addressed to you, those written with pen and ink and those told at bedtime, tucked in tight; those cried out in prayer over sick beds; and those lifted up in laughter as we splashed around sprinklers and caught fireflies at night.
I know changes are coming soon. So many have come already. You’ve cradled new life, you’ve said goodbye to treasured ones. You’ve started new schools and new medicines and new routines.
I want to tell you again how proud of you i am. You’ve handled so much so well. Your strength has taught me i am stronger than I’d ever imagined. You’ve reminded me how to imagine and how to dream and battle bad guys and to soar.
You’ve been brave at saying goodbye and appreciate a hello. You’ve been quick to offer help, to offer a hand, to offer a prayer. You’ve asked questions I’ve had no answer to and you’ve reminded me how much more there is to learn.
You see color and you see beauty, and you aren’t afraid, but you appreciate it. You are comfortable being different, knowing our hearts still all beat the same.
You take care of each other. You care for your family and your friends and you care about the man holding the cardboard sign on the roadside.
And you trust.
Always keep that trust settled and secured in the right place – In the heart of God above who loves you most.
And the God who loves you the most, loves me and Daddy the most, too. And His way is best. Always.
So as a new day soon will dawn, be confident it will bring more than the mundane, God will bring us so much more.
Never forget the memories sewn into this masterpiece of God’s redeeming story. Never forget it takes poking and pain to sometimes reveal the most beautiful picture. And it gets better yet.
Never forget those nights catching fireflies. Never forget looking for light when it’s dark. Because light shines the brightest in darkness. And light will always bring us Home.
Scripture tells us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him (Jesus) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5
It’s worth being still and soaking up this truth. We consider the origin of life, the purpose and plan for all of mankind, and we realize the picture is much bigger than what we can see today or what may be heading our way tomorrow. We will never be able to anticipate the glory that awaits for all eternity. The glory that’s always been, in which this world took root. I think of our children and how it feels to love a babe so strongly from the very start, and I’m reminded that even before that incredible introduction, God was there. He created us and said – this is very good. Darkness came still, but the light did not burn out. And that is the promise that can secure our faith and our trust. A constant, never ending light. So as we take a minute today and pause and give thanks for God’s steadiness during each season we face – whether joyful or hard – we can say it and as his children repeat it again- we’re not afraid of the dark.