My precious son, My sweet, tender, innocent son,
Tomorrow you assume the title you have so longed for, “First Grader”.
I know you are so excited.
I have waited with you, held your hand through the anticipation. We have talked through the nerves. We have met your amazing new teacher. You lunch is ready to pack, your clothes are waiting for you, you dad will cook you breakfast in the morning.
Tomorrow, as I will watch you walk or even run excitedly away from me yet again this year toward your newest adventure I will be reminded once again:
You are not mine.
I am merely a steward of you and your brother. God has entrusted your father and me to rear you. For some glorious reason, which we are ever so thankful, God gave you to us for this short time to bring up in His name, to raise to know His truth, to teach you the ways of a cruel Earth, and to find hope in the midst of this ever changing world in the One Steadfast Everlasting Father.
My son, who realized your need for Jesus and asked for salvation not long ago, at the tender age of six, we have you for a short time. Our Savior has you forever, firmly in His grasp. Nothing can take that away from you.
Our biggest prayer for you has been answered, that one day you will know your need for the One True God and you will act on the call He places on your life to accept him into your heart. What a beautiful event that was for your father and I to witness!
Now my prayer for you, precious son, is that you set yourself apart. My prayer is that you consistently find hope in the Everlasting God. My hope is that you act in a manner which makes others say,
“This kid has something different. I want to know more about what he has.”
When you walk through those halls I hope you remind yourself, son, you are God’s child. I pray you conduct yourself in a manner worthy of that title.
I pray you draw nearer and nearer to your Jesus. I pray you fall so deeply in love with Him that His is the first face you seek out each morning, the first counselor you pursue when you are in need of advice, the first you ask to hold you when there is trouble, the first you cry out to, the first you rejoice with, the Only which you exalt and make Lord of your life.
I pray you listen to the small voice of the Holy Spirit He has instilled in you the day you asked Him to be the Lord of your life. I pray you are faithful with little, so that you one day will have the opportunity to be and will successfully be faithful with much.
I pray you have the heart of a lion.
I am praying for your courage, for your empathy, for your compassion toward others. I hope when you see those left out you make a concerted effort to include them. I pray you forgive where forgiveness is needed and ask forgiveness where it is needed.
I pray you treat all that you encounter, especially those who may look different, act different, and smell different with the same love The Father has for you. He is especially fond of you, son, and He is especially fond of every single person on this planet, no matter how they look, what they say, or even how they treat others. He loves them all son, just the way He loves you. My prayer is that your heart stays soft and you do what one of your favorite songs says: “Love like you’re not scared, give when it’s not fair, live life for another, take time for a brother, (your favorite part) FIGHT FOR THE WEAK ONES, speak out for freedom.” I hope you do this not out of a sense of duty or obligation, but out of the desire to love others the way your Father in Heaven loves them, whole-heartedly with reckless abandon.
Son, I want you to hold your head high, no matter the circumstances. If someone treats you badly, forgive them. Understand there is normally a reason, something lacking in their lives, that makes their heart hard toward others, stand your ground, but also extend grace the way God has extended grace to you.
My hope is that one day you do not have time to consider what others are thinking or saying about you because you are too busy seeking out opportunities to glorify the Lord.
Son, I love it when you introduce yourself to people at the grocery store, even when they do not respond to you. I love how you compliment others. Do not ever let go of that compassion and deep consideration for others.
Son, I want you to have an easy life, but know that “easy” never achieves growth, so I do not pray for that. I pray, instead, your character is built on a foundation of Christ the solid rock, molded and made beautiful by the Refiner’s fire.
I know one day you will leave our home and come back only for short visits. If you are called to marry you will have a family of your own. We wait in eager anticipation for this, son. You will be amazing at whatever you do. But now, I bask in the kisses you place on my cheek. I relish the hugs. I soak in the conversations. I love it that you still want to hold my hand. I am so thankful for every second you will be under my care and will lavish in all the time we will have with you as you grow.
As we prepare you the best we can, know we will mess up. Sometimes we will fall terribly short. I hope in those times you can look The One who never forsakes or lacks. Also, there will come a point where you have to choose. You have to exercise your free will. I pray you make wise choices when those times come.
In the midst of it all, son, I pray He blesses your sock off.
I love you very much, more than words this side of Heaven can express,
He’s got this. 🙂