I am writing this letter while experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. Your mommy and I have been waiting eagerly (and somewhat patiently) for your arrival. It has been nine months since God first entrusted you to our care. We are thankful. We have shared the news of your coming birth with great excitement. Our friends and family have rejoiced with us and showered us with gifts. We can't wait to see you wearing all of the cute little dresses that have been hung in your closet with care.
We went to the doctor again yesterday. Mommy is 39 weeks pregnant now. We know that it won't be long before we hold you in our arms. Perhaps it will be today. I hope so.
But as I think about your entering this world, my heart is also heavy. You see, you will be entering a world that is very broken. A recent earthquake has devastated the country of Nepal. The death toll there continues to climb. Many are mourning the loss of those they love and trying to figure out how their most basic needs will be met.
Also recently, a young man unexplainably lost his life in police custody in Baltimore. On Monday his body was laid to rest. The tragic nature of this man's death has led many to peacefully protest in the streets of Baltimore. Sadly, many have chosen to compound tragedy with more tragedy. Buildings have been looted and set on fire. Gunshots have been fired. Police cars have been destroyed. Businesses have been forced to close, and baseball games have been postponed and moved to different locations.
Even as all of this is going on, yesterday in our nation's capital, oral arguments were heard by the Supreme Court of the United States in a case that could affect the state of marriage in the country we love for generations to come. In light of this, I want you to know that there is a God in heaven. He established marriage in the beginning when He created Adam and Eve. He designed marriage as the lifelong union between one man and one woman. No human being or government official has the authority to alter that definition.
My heart aches for you, sweet girl, because I know you will be born into a world that is very broken. Pain and suffering abound. Our world is plagued by fear and uncertainty. This is not a new development of course. Sin started all the way back in Genesis 3 when our parents, Adam and Eve, rebelled against God the Creator. As a result, sin has spread to the whole human race. This is why people lose their lives in Nepal. This is why those in authority sometimes abuse that authority. This is why people think that the best response to injustice is to compound it with more injustice. This is why confusion abounds in our culture about love, sex, gender, and religious liberty.
In spite of all this, I promise you that your mommy and I will do everything we can to protect you. We love you. We promise to wake up at 3am, feed you, and rock you back to sleep. I promise to sing "Jesus Loves Me" to you, though it may ruin your ear for music. We promise to do everything we can to provide for your needs. We will teach you the Bible. We will show you what it means to love and follow Jesus.
Despite our best efforts though, we cannot promise you an easy life. We cannot be certain that tragedy will not come to our neighborhood. We cannot be certain that the devaluing of human life will not increase. We are not sure how receptive our culture will continue to be as it relates to our faith in Jesus Christ. We do not know what the future holds for your life or ours.
But we know the ONE who holds the future. We know that Jesus, the one who died to pay for sin and rose again three days later, is seated right now at the right hand of God. We know that He is in control. We know that He has gone to prepare a place for all those who repent of their sin and believe on Him. We know that there is coming a day when He will return to right all wrongs. We know that there is a promise of life eternal, free from pain, suffering, and sin, in the new heaven and new earth for all those who are in Christ.
Though we mourn the pain and suffering all around, we do so as those who have hope. We are not afraid. Fear not, little girl. Jesus loves you, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.
See you soon,