Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Letter to our Son

(Written for Caleb's baby dedication on May 15th):

Dear Caleb,

In Hebrew, the name "Caleb" means "faithful, devoted, whole-hearted." The Caleb for whom you were named was a warrior with a heart for God. As spies in the land of Canaan, only Caleb and Joshua trusted God's promises to the Israelites. Caleb was loyal to God when others ran in fear; he was fearless in the face of overwhelming odds.

When we gave you this name, we had no idea how well it would fit you. You certainly have embraced life whole-heartedly and you are fearless in exploring your world. You have your own set of overwhelming odds that you don't understand yet but, at 15 months, you already shoulder the daily burden with a resilience that amazes and humbles us. Through your eyes we get to experience the wonder of God's creation as you discover new things every day. You have brought so much joy to our lives; we cannot imagine our family without your precious smile and infectious laugh.

You are a gift, Caleb. God created you exactly as you are for a very special purpose. As your parents, our greatest hope is that you will come to love the Lord with all of your heart and you will devote yourself to seeking His will for your life. God has entrusted your upbringing to us and we soberly accept the responsibility of guiding you into adulthood. We pray that you will strive to bring glory to God in all you do; as your parents, we commit to bring you up in a home that seeks the Lord above all else.

To that end, we promise to show you with our own lives what it means to have an intimate relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. You will see your parents "bring the full tithe into the storehouse" with joy and thanksgiving for God's provision. You will see your parents praying and reading our Bibles. You will know by our actions that we love and respect each other, and that we put our faith and trust in God alone. You will attend church regularly and will be involved in Bible study as you get older. And you will have our support and encouragement in whatever God calls you to when you are a man.

We love you as only parents can, and we pray for you without ceasing. We trust that your story will be one of faith in God and whole-hearted devotion to his call. We commit ourselves to raise you with the hopeful expectation that the Lord will accomplish mighty things in and through your life.

With love,

Your Parents

Jeremiah 17:7-8:

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

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