Letter #24

 

Dear Lily,

It has been far too long since my last letter.  I’m sorry.  That last 4-5 months have been a blur and you have been growing so fast.  You are now a very capable walker, a pretty decent talker (when you want to be), and your smiles and laughs have only grown more intoxicating!  You are a joy little girl.  Your mother and I love you so much.

A few weeks ago we took you to a special service our worship band was putting on at the Kansas City Rescue Mission.  Despite what some might consider a “rough” setting, you were your normal happy self.  You helped to cheer up several different men who couldn’t help but smile at you running all over the place with me following after!  A few even played peek-a-boo with you by putting their hands over their eyes and then pulling them away.

As we drove home that night, your mother and I talked about how sweet, trusting, and innocent you are.  We’re always there for you, and you’ve never experienced any type of trauma (aside from a few injections here and there) – which has got to help.  But because of this, we know that we will have to have the “stranger danger” conversation with you as early as is possible.  I lament having to do this, but it is necessary.  There are a lot of bad people out there.  Your mom and I will do everything we can to always protect you, but we are imperfect and will fail you.  You’ll have to learn to be careful, therefore, and cautious.

So, while we think about how we’ll have that conversation with you (when you’re big enough, of course) maybe you can do something for us.  While we prepare to explain evil to you (I knew being a theologian would come in handy one day!), will you keep showing us what goodness looks like?  You do that, you know?  You reveal goodness to us, you bring it out in us, and you awaken our eyes and ears to God’s goodness in the world.  You are good Lily.

Something happens between infancy and adulthood that makes it hard to see goodness – we need your help with that.  So, we’ll do everything we can to protect you from bad things, but you have to keep being a prophet of God’s goodness in our lives.  Deal?

Love,

Your Father

November 28, 2012

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