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Monday, May 14, 2012

Letter to John



When Bryan and I decided we wanted to start a family, I thought that once I found out we were expecting, I would write my child a letter. Well, it's been over five years since I've been wanting to write this, but I finally was able to do it! This is our letter to our son, John.


Dear John,

We have not held you or even met you yet, but I can tell you that your father and I already love you! We have waited for you for such a LONG time. We prayed for a child for many years and on December 27th, 2011, we were blessed to know that God handpicked you, John Dohyun, to be our son! We named you John, because it means, “gift from God,” and we knew that is exactly what you were. Your birth mother named you Dohyun and it means, “kind hearted way,” and I’m sure that is what she desired for you in your life. 

There are so many things we wish for you to know. First of all, we want you to know you that we will be there for you and ALWAYS love you, no matter what. God has placed this unconditional love for you in our hearts, and there is NOTHING you could do to make that go away. Please know too, that we will do everything we can to be good and wise parents, and always have your best interest at heart (even though you may not think this sometimes). ;) Remember though, that we aren’t perfect, and because of sin, we will make mistakes. But even when we do make mistakes, God can still use them for His purposes and for your good. We pray that God will guide us in raising you, and help us to be humble, quickly asking for forgiveness when we are wrong, and for you to be open to give it as God has called all His children to do. We also pray that we would impact your life by being a Godly influence for you. May we exhibit His character in our marriage and our lifestyle, so that it would be what you desire.

Ever since we saw your face, we have been praying for you and the life you have ahead of you. We have prayed for God to protect you and keep you healthy; that He would make you strong physically and spiritually.  But by far, our biggest prayer for you is that you would come to know Jesus and receive Him as your personal savior.  Even now, we pray God will create in you a desire to know our Lord and to take joy in serving Him. These verses in Ephesians, sum up what we aspire for you... 

Ephesians 3:16-19

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." 

As you grow older, we know that you will have questions and doubts that come with your adoption.  Please know that when you do, we will be here for you, to support you and answer any questions you have.  More importantly though, know that God will always be here for you. Although we love you very much, God loves you even more!  He knows exactly what your heart feels and can help you through it; we pray that you will be quick to let Him. As wonderful as adoption can be, it is a result of a sinful and broken world. But my son, you do not have to be broken with it. God can fill the wounds of your heart with His spirit.  You may not have been born from us Jack, but you are our son, given to us by our Father in heaven. You have been entrusted to us and us to you as part of God’s perfect plan. And He has a perfect plan for you too (Jeremiah 29:11). Adoption is just a part of your ever growing testimony.

My sweet boy, I cannot explain to you what joy it will be once you are home and in our arms. We feel so blessed that out of all the children in the world, God has chosen you to be our son and has given us the privilege to love you and raise you as our own.  May our God who chose you for us, show favor on you and draw you close to Him.  We love you Jack!

-Mommy and Daddy


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