October 2, 2015
31 Days: You are loved.
I want you to know how much you are loved.
Your father and I love you so much that you cannot even begin to fathom it. Not, at least, until you have a child of your own and you gaze at their sweet face... your heart will swell with the joy and hope that little person brings you. You might begin to grasp this kind of love in the face of your new spouse. The love of a child is deeper, rawer, than even that. Because it is not an equal love.
Parents sacrifice everything for their children. Until you experience that sacrifice: the sleepless nights, the giving of material goods, the giving of love, energy, time; then and only then will you truly understand.
This is not a bad thing, for this is how it should be! Parents are meant to be selfless and children are meant to grow. Some things we are not meant to understand until we live them ourselves! It is how God intended and it is good. Your father and I have loved every minute of it.
Your father and I have loved every minute of you.
The first time we saw you and kissed your tiny fingers. We loved you.
The first time you tasted ice cream and your eyes grew wide with wonder. We loved you.
The first time you fell off your bike and scraped your knee. We loved you.
The first time you told us no?
The first time you refused to do as you were told?
The first time, and every time after, that you disobeyed us? We loved you still.
Why do I write this, you ask?
Life is hard. There are arguments and bad times. There are times when you will lose your way. There are times when you might be downright lost and feel like you have no where to turn. I want you to know you can turn home. You can turn to God.
You are loved.
There is no one else for us like you. There are no words that can be said to change that. There are no actions that can remove our love for you. Hold on to that. Trust in that.
We love you. Whoever you are, whoever you become.