Thursday, 4 September 2014

For Ethan

Happy Birthday, Ethan!
You are 11 years old! Wow! You are growing up so fast! It won't be long until you are taller than me and I will have to stand on my tip-toes to hug you! Because make no mistake, I will ALWAYS want to hug you! You won't be able to stop me! And just you remember that you LOVE hugs from Auntie Mel! 
One of my favorite memories of you was when our families were on a holiday together in the Shuswap. We had spent the afternoon at the beach. You had walked up to the house we were renting with Nicholas and the rest of the kids. I followed shortly behind. When I got up to the house, I heard Nicholas telling you that he was so strong, he could pick himself up in a bucket and carry himself to the other side of the picnic table. He said you should try it. So I turned around to see you standing in a red mop bucket trying valilently to pick yourself up and carry yourself around the picnic table. "I can't do it, Nick." You said. "Try harder!" Nick said. And you did! It was one of the cutest things I'd ever seen, you standing there in that red bucket, straining to pick yourself up! You were so sweet!
I can see your smiling face as I write you this letter! Your smile is so big and beautiful! When you smile, it reaches all the way up to your eyes. That is one of the things I like best about you. Your smile is true. And not everyone has a true smile. I think your smile is a reflection of your heart. You have a heart that is true. Hebrews 10:22-25 says.....
22 "let us go right in to God himself, with true hearts fully trusting him to receive us because we have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean and because our bodies have been washed with pure water.
23 Now we can look forward to the salvation God has promised us. There is no longer any room for doubt, and we can tell others that salvation is ours, for there is no question that he will do what he says.
24 In response to all he has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good."
When I read this, I think of you. You have been given a true heart. You have been made clean through  Jesus Christ. You are able to look forward to the salvation that God has promised you. And because  of everything He has done for you, Ethan, you, with a heart that is true, can strive to outdo others in kindness and goodness! Isn't that a wonderful thought? I know that boys have a competitive spirit. Boys like to be the best. Boys like to win! (So do girls, actually!) And right here in this verse, it tells us to outdo each other in good things. Ethan, I would like to encourage you to outdo everyone you know in kindness, helpfulness, and goodness! And I hope you win!
I love you so much!
Auntie Mel