“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” ~ C. S. Lewis
As I sit watching you right now, you are playing in your jumperoo and are about as playful and happy as can be. You are watching the bright lights and listening to the silly jungle noises. You are blissfully unaware of anything except the fun you are currently having. You beam at me with a toothless grin that just melts my heart.
I pray that you keep that joy. You will slowly grow up and realize that this world does not often like joy. Many people complain about their lives a lot. Some people will even make fun of you for being excited about simple things. They will want you to keep it in and act “cool”.
You can remember that I am always here for you to have fun with and play with. I think you are most beautiful when you are your sweet, joyful self and love that about you! It is something I have seen in your personality since you were a newborn. You bring smiles to peoples face because you are so happy and smile at many people first. To witness you bring a crabby person at the store to a smile is a wink from God.
There are two verses that talk about joy in the bible that I love:
Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
Lillian, you were created in the image of God, and that is why as a baby and child you naturally exuded such unrestrained joy. One day, the expectations of the world will start to weigh on you. That is why I wrote this letter to you- as a reminder that joy is in you and comes from the Father above. God’s love can and will fill you with all joy and peace when you remember him and believe. When you feel lost or sad, you can ask Jesus for help. He loves you more than anyone in the whole world and wants you to be full of joy and can show you better how to do that than anyone, even me! When you decide to get your love from Him, he can fill you with joy that is complete and everlasting- full of comfort.