Marissa, your daddy loves you.
We didn’t begin our married life thinking we would have a houseful of children, but we saw them as a blessing. We welcomed each one with the same kind of excitement, the same kind of awe. They were precious gifts from our kind Father.
Your dad loved the little ones. He held and rocked and bounced with endless patience. He worked so hard and sometimes in the evenings he would fall asleep on the floor with children jumping all around him, happy to be surrounded by love.
You know how hard he works, how almost every moment of his day is poured out for us. You know how much he loves God. You know how much he wants all of his children to love God. Some things you know.
But there are things you don’t know–how the only tears I have seen him cry have been over his children or how much he wants to take this trial from you. You don’t know that sometimes in the night when we are both awake, he comes into your room and prays. You don’t know how much he loves.
But there is One who loves you more. He formed you and wrote your days in His book. He gave His only Son to rescue you from sin. His Word is filled with promises for you. He loves you with an everlasting love.
You don’t know how much He loves. But it is worth finding out.
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. (1 John 4:16)