Oh sweet child, you have already given me such joy. There is nothing you need to do to earn my love. I have loved you since you were the hope in my own daughter’s heart, the hope that doctors told her was in vain. But God….
But God heard your Mommy’s and Daddy’s prayers, and ours, and now you, our miracle, snuggled in my arms this very day as my joy overflowed. You are the very fulfillment of the promise of the goodness of our heavenly Father and we all thank him so much for you.
There is a reason why your name means “Living Love Warrior.”
How do I pray for you, precious one? I can think of no greater prayer than this.
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:14-21 The Message)