(Picture taken by courtesy of Becca Davis Photography.)
You asked me a month ago if I would write a blog just for you. I told you I would around your birthday. Well, it’s a few weeks after, but I have not forgotten your request. So, here’s my blog just for you:
I remember the first time I held you in my arms. You had the largest eyes. They were so alert and seemed to be wise beyond their years. You had this way of just looking at someone and seeming to take it all in.
You were one of the easiest babies! You were content to sit wherever I put you. You never fussed when riding in your stroller and would just sit and observe the action around you. With two older brothers, there was always lots of that.
Skip ahead five years, and we have a little boy who recently celebrated his fifth birthday! You are no longer the quiet little boy you were for the first two years of life. Now, you are full of energy and enthusiasm! You love to play sports! You are quick to defend someone whom you think is hurting or being hurt. You’ll stand up to a kid much bigger than you if you think someone needs your help. You are generous with your hugs and kisses, and we all benefit from them. You are bold with your words — sometimes too bold. We are working on helping you learn what is appropriate to say and what isn’t.
When we were deciding on what we were going to name you, we picked a name that means “Light Bringer” for your first name and “Warrior” for your middle name. It seemed very appropriate since you were born three weeks before Christmas. Your name is also where a lot of the Christmas passage is recorded in the Bible.
Precious Son, you have been a “bright light” to us with your bright smiles, engaging personality, endless chatter, boundless energy, and delightful hugs and kisses! We are so thankful for you!
Before naming you, we prayed about what we were to name you. We believe that a person’s name should have a positive meaning. We wanted you to have a name that would be significant and would even give you a sense of purpose.
The combination of the meaning of both names is: “One who strives or puts forth effort to bring light to the world.” The light referred to in the Christmas passage was what the star that rested in Heaven’s curtains signified. It was a greater light than the star. It referred to a light that could permeate into the darkest of places and darkest of nights and darkest of hearts to bring light. Is there really a light so powerful? Yes! That light came in the form of Jesus, the Babe who would become a man. He would be a man who would change thousands of lives while He walked on Earth and would change countless lives throughout thousands of years since his tenure on Earth. And He still continues to change lives!
Jesus came to bring a message of redemption to lives ruined by the havoc created by sin. He came to bring hope to a world full of hurt and hate. He came to bring love to those who only knew lust and loathing. He came to bring peace to a world bent on achieving power by crushing all opponents. He came to bring significance to the simplest. Into a world full of darkness and despair, Jesus brought a message of deliverance and destiny. He offered salvation in exchange for the rags of sin. He gave His all so that we might know the full measure of the gift of His grace.
He was born in a stable to a poor peasant girl and first welcomed by Shepherds. He demonstrated in this that His grace finds us not in our own ideas of perfection but reaches us in our chaos, our craziness, our imperfections. He then reaches out His nail-scarred hands and lifts us. He doesn’t condemn us. He doesn’t condone us. He comes to redeem us! He desires to show us what our true destiny is as His sons and daughters!
Luke, precious son, my prayer is that you first grasp from where your light comes — Who is your Light. May you know your source and may you then understand your destiny! You are given the privilege of being His “Light-bearer”! May your life shine brightly with His light so that you will be a source of light in a world that is desperate for it, even if it doesn’t know it.
Son, open those precious, beautiful eyes of yours. See a world that is hurting and hating. They live in darkness but don’t even know it. They seek hope but turn to mere mirages of it. Son, you do know the One who can help and heal them. They may reject you — just as they did your Savior. Your life may not be easy. It may be full of suffering, but may it be with a steadfast hope, faith, peace, and joy as you know that you have a greater eternal purpose than what this world has to offer.
Luke, I wish I could protect you from the hurt and hate that you will see and hear as you seek to bring “light” to a dark world. Son, keep your heart pure and sweet and trusting as you walk in close fellowship with the One Who made you and gave Himself for you and loves you more infinitely and completely than any other. If you have that kind of faith, I can be at peace. I know that you may still suffer, but I know that you will be okay — truly okay. When we have God at our side, He’ll walk with us through any horrific tragedy that may come our way. He’ll give you the grace you’ll need for each moment.
And Son, know that this is one Mommy who loves you, who is proud of you, and who knows that God has wonderful plans for your life!
So Son, hold your head high, open your eyes to this hurting world, and be a light to them, reflecting He Who is our eternal Light of love, peace, salvation, redemption, healing, and hope!
I love you, darling boy! Kisses and hugs, Mommy…