Dear Paul

Before your lungs fill with oxygen for the first time, you are loved.

Before your first taste of In-N-Out, you are loved.

Before your first wounds, you are loved.

Before your first failures, you are loved.

And you are loved because you are a priceless child of God.

Who, although is undeserving of love, is graciously given it as a free gift.

Your parents will try to show you that love.

I will try to show you that love.

We will fail.

Undoubtedly our display of love will fall excruciatingly short of what your heart desires.

And when that happens acknowledge that your heart was created to desire what can only be truly filled from the source of love: Christ.

My dear brother is having a child. Instead of getting baby clothes and other goods he and his awesome wife, my sister in law, asked for books for Paul.

I choose, The Law by Fredric Bastiat and The Complete Works Of Sherlock Holmes Vol. II.

This is the note I have inscribed on the front cover.

Photo by Liane Metzler on Unsplash

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