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Our precious David,
Yesterday at church, we gave you to God.
No, we didn’t exactly leave you there on the altar, to follow Pastor Myron around. But in front of our church family, we promised to raise you in the church, in a home that teaches you about Jesus and leads by example.
One of the crazy things about families is that children don’t really belong to their parents. They are given from God and they already belong to God. He cares about them even more than their parents do, which is hard to fathom. What we did yesterday was simply symbolic: saying that we agree with God’s plan for you. You are His.
During my pregnancy with you, I couldn’t get these verses from Romans out of my head and heart:
I want you to be wise about what is good, yet innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Romans 16:19b-20a, HCSB
What more could a mommy want for her baby? In a world where kids grow up so fast, I want you to be innocent. Not so innocent that you are unaware, of course, but so wise about what is good that you cannot give in to evil. I want to teach you what is good, what is right, what is pure, what is noble. I want to impress upon your heart the Truths of Scripture, so fiercely inscribed that you couldn’t get rid of them if you tried.
I believe you are destined to be a great man of God, David. Crush Satan. Lead the way. Do what you need to do and go where you need to go. Serve Him with all your heart, mind, and strength.
I love that these verses refer to God as the God of peace. It is what makes our God unique. Christ came as a peacemaker, not as the warrior the Jews expected.
I will try, sweetheart, to be the best example of Christian love I can be. I will fail. I will yell. But I will love you to the ends of the earth.
Thank you for being my precious one, my son, my cuddle bug. I love you.