“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” Jeremiah 31:3
Thank you Christie for entering my world. When you were born, it was the most moving experience of my life. As Mum will tell you, I cried more than you did. I was the happiest dad in the world. And, as a result of whom you are today, I’m still the happiest dad in the world.
As I look back, I remember how you filled our home with boundless enthusiasm and bubbling joy. It hasn’t changed. You continue to remind us that you didn’t come into this world to be ignored and that life is to be lived to the full. Thank you. My life has been enriched because of whom you are. The melody in your voice, the sparkle in your eyes, the warmth of your hand, and the burst of your laughter floods my mind with special memories and brings happiness to my heart.
But I’m only scratching the surface. Call me a prejudiced father but I see a special anointing from God on your life. You’re a spiritually sensitive woman. Wise, witty, and confident. Curious, imaginative and creative. A lover of peace but courageous enough to confront sin. Your lack of guile disarms us. Your integrity and transparency makes people sit up and pay attention. Your energy and persistence conquers all things.
As I think about you serving the Lord it’s obvious you’re blessed with many spiritual gifts. You have primary gifts of teaching, leadership, wisdom, knowledge, giving, helps, mercy, and service. I also see secondary gifts of hospitality, faith, and administration. With these strengths I know you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. So make sure you use these gifts to the full – never in your own strength, always for the glory of the Lord, and always remembering the One who gave them to you.
But back to our relationship. Thank you for all the fun times we’ve enjoyed as we’ve danced, sang, tobogganed, had breakfast out, shared devotions, prayed, chatted, watched movies, washed the car, shopped, canoed, shot hoops, shared our poetry, and so much more. Thank you too for feather-light kisses, for making me proud, for listening and learning, for your trust and love, and for giving me slack when I’ve made mistakes.
You’re the best.
With all my love, Dad.
Now what about you? Have you ever written a letter to your son or daughter? Have you told your child of your love? After all, our heavenly Father never held back. The Bible is full of proclamations of His love. Here’s one to get you going. In Jeremiah 31:3 He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
That’s the love of God. So why not follow His example and tell your children about your love for them.