Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Mama's Heart to Her Son

This is the 'letter' I read to my son Luke at his graduation ceremony.
Luke, I remember fibbing to the doctor on how long I was trying to get pregnant because we were so anxious to have another baby. (we had to be 'trying' for a certain amount of time) He put me on some medicine to help me get pregnant. I remember the next appointment He smiled and said congratulations! We were thrilled.

Now here we are 19 years later celebrating your graduation. It seems I only blinked and you went from my sweet little Lukey with big brown eyes to a Godly young man with strength of character and deep passions and convictions.

What a privilege and honor it has been to be your mom! You are a diligent, hard working man. God has blessed you with a tender heart, so sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He has also given you drive and passion for what is true and right.

It seems odd to say, “I’m so proud of you,” because it feels like when I say that somehow I am taking credit for it, and I cannot take credit for the man you are today. All the glory and credit goes to God. Certainly we were vessels used, in part, to shape and mold you, but it is the Lord who gets the credit for all the good that is in you and all that you will accomplish on this earth.

Luke, remember that all those things that come so easily to you, all your strengths and gifts are from Him. That apart from Christ there is no good thing in you. It is all from Him. Don’t lose sight of that.

Thank you for giving us your heart, and for how you have served your family. Thank you for being patient and forgiving with us. Thank you for the example you have been for your brothers and sisters.

This is from 1 Chronicles 28, when David gathered all the leaders of Israel and told them that God had chosen his son, Solomon to build His house.

I have paraphrased his words to the people and his son and it is our encouragement and prayer for you, Luke.

Keep and seek to be familiar with all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.

Luke, know the God of your father. Really know Him, understand, heed and cherish Him.

Serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind.

We give this charge to you Luke, Be strong and courageous. Fear not, for the Lord God, our God is with you. He will not forsake you until you have finished all the work He has for you. Be strong and do it.


Connie said...

This is beautiful and I am sure it was very encouraging to him. I have a son whom this could have been written for - I thought of him as I read this. What a privilege to see our children serve God!

Fruit of her hands said...

Wow you have such a wonderful way with words. What a nice letter and I am sure he will treasure it always. My son is leaving in a week for the Army and I would love to write something so hearfelt but my writting isn't that great.