Dear Baby Coker:
In a few short days you will be here! I have been longing to meet you in person since I heard last summer that you were coming! How exciting to think–to KNOW–that I’m going to be a grandmother! How strange to finally be here, at this time/stage in my life, with my own baby boy about to have a baby boy of his own!
My heart is full and there are many things I want you to know, things I want to share with you and your parents but cannot find the time, spoken words, or opportunity to do so. I hope you will learn these things, read them often when you are big enough, and forever treasure them in your heart.
1. First of all, YOU ARE A GIFT. You were given to your parents by God, Who is trusting them to raise you “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) You have and will continue to bring much joy to your parents and grandparents. Oh, the joy when I first saw you, your tiny fingers moving on the ultrasound! I wept!
2. THERE IS NO ONE ELSE LIKE YOU. God Himself “knit you together in your mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13), combining the DNA from your mother and father into unique sequences that no one else in the whole world ever had or ever will have. You are the only you ever! And you are precious in God’s sight as well as that of your parents and grandparents.
3. YOU HAVE A PURPOSE. God has created you to fulfill the plan He has for you, which will ultimately bring glory to Himself. You must trust Him to guide you into fulfilling that purpose for your life. Your parents and grandparents will help you as you navigate through the twists and turns of life. When it gets rocky, we will help you over the rocks. When you stumble, we will help you up. When it gets dark, we will help you find the way.
4. YOU ARE SMART. You will be compared to others all your life. Others will be faster or slower, make better or worse progress, be stronger or weaker. You will be urged to try harder in school or sports or other things. Just remember that you have your own unique talents and abilities and you will move at your own pace. And that is okay. The only person you should compare yourself with is you.
5. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” according to Psalm 139:13. Your mind, body, and soul were created by God Himself and, as many have said, “God doesn’t make junk!” Your body is a marvel of different parts all working together so that you can move and think and dream and do things. From your smallest toe to the last beautiful hair on your head, you are a masterpiece! From your skin down to the tiny atomic particles in your DNA, you are the most complex machine in the world. You are a miracle!
6. And finally, YOU ARE LOVED. I think it is safe to say that your parents love you more than they love themselves and would give their own lives to save yours. So would I, and so would Pop, and probably your other grandparents. You are a part of your mother and father, made from their own cells, and they were made of the cells of your grandparents. The kind of love we have for you is the highest love God has given to us. It is the kind of love He has for His own Son Jesus. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) When you feel as if no one loves you, as if the whole world hates you, remember this: you are loved!
I already love you to pieces. I can’t wait to meet you in person and hold you! What fun we will have!