To My Daughter
To My Daughter,
Meagan, my daughter, finished her second year of Medical School at Texas Tech. She completed a major exam called Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. She has started her rotations in her third year of Medical School. She also just turned 25 years old. This letter was written to Meagan following the completion of those important steps in her dream of serving the Lord in the medical profession.
July 8, 2010
Since I first became a parent, Psalms 127 was always one of my favorite. I like the way the Message interprets it, “Don’t you see that children are GOD’s best gift? The fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you; you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep” Psalms 127:3-5.
You are a blessing to me, one of the best gifts I have ever received. I have generally thought of this passage in light of the metaphor of a quiver full of arrows that a marksman takes and carefully aims towards its intended target, letting it fly toward its goal, its destination. That is certainly true in our relationship with you. You are making it your aim to be pleasing to the Lord in everything you do. Yet, I have recently seen something new in this passage that in fact you help me to see more clearly. The description of a parent blessed with children is one who gains confidence against his enemies. “Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you; you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.” Godly children give confidence, boldness and courage to their parents. That is certainly true in my life. You are so determined in moving forward in living out your mission. During my times of weakness, confusion and doubt, you have given me courage; you have strengthened my heart; you have given me boldness in the face of difficulty.
You have always been strong-willed. When you were young I read James Dobson’s Strong-Willed Child multiple times trying to find an answer for my frustrations. As you got older and entered into a challenging time of peer pressure, I learned to appreciate your “strong-willed nature.” Now I see your determination and its submission to the Lord as an example for me to follow and imitate. You are so intelligent. You amaze me. You got that from your mother, not me! Yet, you also have a heart for those marginalized and those who are hurting in this world. I remember walking the streets of Mexico City with you as a little girl and you would not allow me to pass by a mother with a child begging for help. This is the heart that leads you toward medical missions. You are creative. I am amazed at the things you create, invent and cook. You are a wonderful cook as well. You also got that from your mother.
Recently when we moved into our new house, you served us in amazing ways. We could not have done it without you. You showed us your sweet, patient spirit; your servant heart and your perseverance to finish a task. It is that spirit that will lead you to finish your preparation and to embark on a career and life of glorifying the Lord by serving others. Thank you for your love and care for your mother and father. I am proud to call myself, Meagan’s Father!
I Love You,