Thursday, January 03, 2008

Christmas Eve Letter

Dear Audrey,

Tonight you went to Candlelight Service with Grandy and I. You told us it was your first time to go to church, well, the second if you count the Easter Egg Hunt and breakfast at Grandy's church with the Easter Bunny.

I want you to know the all encompassing Love of God and the knowledge of Jesus Christ dying for our sins. I want you to know that there is a Life hereafter and to be secure in the knowledge that someday not only will you be able to know God and His Son personally, but that you will see your mother again.

I know that your daddy wants you to explore all religions and make your own choices as you grow up, and that if you are meant to be a Christian, it will be your decision. But I also know that unless you are exposed to God's love and care, you won't understand.

I know that as an 8 year old, church may seem boring and that you probably didn't understand the significance of the Candlelight Service or why we wanted you to sit through a "bore-ing" service. But it's my hope that you will come to know that all encompassing Love and that why the miracle of Christmas isn't snow on Christmas morning, or getting the toys you really wanted or that Santa Claus came to your house. I want you to know that the miracle of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and that He is with you every step of the way.

So, I won't push "my" religion on you. But I will expose you to the concepts of "my" religion and I will give you the opportunity to experience it for yourself. And I will pray to God that you find a friend that will encourage your journey as well... someone that will invite you to church with them, someone that believes and will encourage you to believe as well.

I love you always,
Aunt Maggie


Amy Eileen said...

Maggie, she is so lucky to have your influence and inspiration in her life. I think that inviting people to see your religion is the way to go, pushing people does just that! It pushes them away. I hope your sweet niece finds her own way in the world and is happy always.

wvsandy said...

Maggie, your letter was beautifully stated. These are wonderful truths to a person of faith and she is so lucky to have you in her corner exposing her to them. Know that God works in His own way and in His own time. And trust that you are part of His plan.