A Tribute to C.
by Lygia Lovelace
It is, of course, impossible
to put down on paper all of our thoughts and feelings about
the past 18 years. But we want to communicate, if even in
a small way, how much you mean to us.
You have been our “first” in
so many ways! We dreamed of you long before God gave you
to us--we knew there would be a “Christopher Bracken” before
you even peeked into the world! We prayed for you, talked
about what life would be like with you, and imagined what
you might look like. We read pregnancy books, parenting
books, went to childbirth classes, and even read out loud
to you from God’s Word while you were in the womb! I (Mom)
remember when I got to Lamentations--I worried whether or
not you would be born a depressed child!
But through all of our “firsts”
and all of our mistakes, you’ve made us proud. We beamed
with “parental pride” when you played at your first piano
recital, played your first violin concerto, sang your first
solo, and wrote your first composition piece. We admired
you when you learned to speak Portuguese faster than the
rest of us. We’ve rejoiced at each birthday and cried over
each of your disappointments. We marveled at how quickly
you learned to read, and how well you did in school. We
praised God at your salvation and will forever treasure
your baptism in the moat at the Promise. We’ve prayed for
you, day and night, and sometimes constantly, as you’ve
tried your wings again and again from the nest. Sometimes
you’ve fallen, but we have prayed that you have grown stronger
with each fall. We already see signs of your soaring and
strengthening as God prepares you to someday fly on your
own and raise your own family in the Lord.
One portion of Scripture that
we have always claimed for you is Psalm 1. Since you are
our firstborn, and have borne the rewards and sometimes,
misgivings, of that birth order, we thought Psalm 1 to be
appropriate for you. It is still our prayer for you—and
our charge on this special day of graduation and accomplishment:
is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on His law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither
Whatever he does prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Bracken, we look so forward
to seeing what God will do with you and through you during
your lifetime. You are so gifted and fit to be used in His
Kingdom! You must know that it doesn’t matter to us whether
you collect garbage, sell coffee, sing on stage, or become
the CEO of a big corporation. What matters to us is that
you bring glory to God on a daily basis--that you take the
“road less traveled by” and choose to be that tree, planted
by streams of water.
We love you!
Mom & Dad
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