Another Letter to Little Man

My dearest Little Man, You're growing up before my very eyes! Where has the time gone? Last week marked 5 months since you came into the world and brought so much joy to mommy and me. I didn't think it possible, but I love you more than I did the day you were born, and I expect I'll love you tomorrow more than I do today.

You may have noticed that for 3-4 days a week, I haven't been around much. We have our bro time during lunch and on Mondays and Fridays when mommy works, but other days, I've left home before you woke, and I didn't return until well after your bedtime. Here's why:

danielI've been writing a book on Daniel. No, not you. The Daniel of the Bible, the one that you and your grandaddy were both named for. He was a good man who loved God and wanted to do what was right. I think it's really important that people know about this Daniel and all he did. One day, you'll be old enough to read this book, but it will be several more years before you understand it. Daddy's not sure how much he understands it!

I would never admit it to your mommy, but I enjoy holding you and feeding you and playing with you. Since we found out that you were coming, I've spent a lot of time thinking about your future and all that might happen. I don't know what will happen to you and to God's people in your lifetime, but I want you to remember something: God is always faithful. God can always be trusted. The biblical Daniel knew this, and because he knew it, he was able to obey God in a wonderful way. Little Man, don't ever forget this: Always obey God!

Little Man, I'm scared about bad men who don't like God's people, and I'm afraid of what they might do one day to you or other Christians. But I trust God, so I know you will be OK. God is bigger than the biggest Boogey Man. No matter how scared you might be, you need to believe that God is bigger than anything you could ever fear.

Finally, Little Man, I pray everyday that you will remember for the rest of your life how much your mommy and I love you. No matter what happens, we love you. We love you very much.

You might have heard some of this before. When I hold you, feed you, or play with you, I often whisper three things in your ear. As you get older, I'll whisper them again as you go to sleep each night. I'll write them in notes in your lunch box, and they'll be the last words you hear me speak to you before you leave home. "Little Man, I love you. Fear not the beast. Kiss the Son."

"Blessed are all who take refuge in him" (Psa. 2:12).

Heavenly Father, thank you for my Little Man and the joy he brings. Thank you for his future, which I have entrusted to you for safe-keeping. Whether he lives 9 years or 90, I pray he is kind and good to those he meets as was his name-sake. I pray he will always know that his parents love him dearly. When he finds himself in fiery furnaces and lions' dens, deliver him O Lord. But above all, may he magnify Christ in both life and death. May you vindicate him on the final day along with all your saints. In Jesus' name.

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