Monday, 6 October 2014

Brent

Happy birthday, to you, Brent! The world's greatest father-in-law!
My, how the years have flown since I first became a part of your family; since you had the great honour of getting me for a daughter-in-law! What a lucky guy! Ha!
In all seriousness though, I want you to know how much being a part of your family has meant to me.  I am so blessed to be able to say of you that I love you. Not every daughter-in-law can say that. And not every daughter-in-law is able to say she knows her father-in-law loves her. But I know that, too. What a lucky girl! :) You have always made me feel like I belong. And I am just so thankful for that. I know that I am more than just your son's wife. I know that I am valued because of who I am. And just so you know, I value you, too! I like your sense of humour! And I like the way you get all excited when you tell a story! And best of all, I like when you and I play guitar and sing together! I really do! I feel like you really like when I sing and I can't tell you how much that means to me. You are always eager to hear my latest song and I am honoured when you pick up your own guitar and learn how to play it. That, above everything else, shows me you value me. And Brent, I see how you show value to each mamber of your family. You take interest in each one of us. I see you take time to really listen. Our thoughts and opinions are important to you. I see how you really love each of us.
Romans 12:9-10 says,
9 "Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other."
O, how I loved this verse when I read it! It put into words exactly how I feel about you. And what stands out the most is the last part. "......take delight in honouring each other." 
You see, writing these Birthday blogs for each of my family members is very important to me. I write them prayerfully, and with a heart open to what God would show me. And before I even started to write your letter, while I was still just asking God for direction, He impressed on my heart the word honour. Which wasn't a surprise to me. I have always thought of you as a man of honour, a man of integrity. But as I began to write, I started to understand that sense of honour in a more complete way. I see and understand that you really delight in honouring each of us. Your wife, your children and their spouses, your grand-children. We are all benefiting from the way you delight in honouring us. You are passing down to your children, and to our children, a legacy that will help to shape and mold each of us into honourable people. You are teaching us about honour, and what it really looks like. And Brent, in doing that, you are greatly honouring your Heavenly Father. 
Thank you. 
With heartfelt love,
Your honoured daughter-in-law