We have been praying for you for years; that God would put in our daughter’s path a man of God. Our prayers included that our own marriage would be a good witness of God’s plan for life and love, so that one day our daughter would recognize authentic love when she met her future husband. God has answered our prayers!
When our first child, a baby girl, was born 22 years ago, we had no idea what the future would hold. We had no idea how to be parents, and “all” that being parents would entail. She was such a happy baby. Everyone would comment on how well-behaved she was at Mass. Well, that changed quickly as she turned 2.
When she was 7 years old, she talked of becoming a nun one day. We always encouraged her to try to listen to what God wanted for her in life, to be open to whatever vocation He called her. We started to talk with her about the importance of her praying for her future spouse, whether that was to be a man or Jesus himself, if she chose the consecrated life. If she were to be married, we prayed for a spouse that would be kind, loving, charitable, compassionate, giving, and most important, a spouse that would love Jesus Christ above anybody and anything.
God the Father gave her an earthly father, with responsibility for molding and shaping her into the woman she has become today. Her dad has been her protector for the past 22 years, the one to console her when she is hurt, the one to guide her in issues of morality, to be that shoulder to cry on, to be the spiritual leader in her life.
Her father is blessed with the supreme gift that you are to her, knowing that you, too, are a man after God’s own heart, with confidence that you will now take on the role of protector and helpmate; ultimately to help her get back to heaven.
It will be an emotional day, the day her father walks her down the aisle to meet you, her husband; but what a joyous day, to watch you exchange your vows in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. 1 Corinthians 13 is a popular Scripture at many marriage ceremonies. You know the one, it starts, “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous.”
Our suggestion is that you take this Scripture to prayer, in the spirit of examining your own heart, for your bride-to-be, and alone with God. Something we have done utilizing this Scripture verse is to insert our spouse’s name where the word “love” appears. This can be a wonderful filter, time and time again to check ourselves. Why? Because faith, hope and love remain and the greatest of these is love. With the help of God’s grace, if we can grow in these virtues throughout married life, it will lead us, and all those we care for, and encounter, to Jesus, who is love itself!
With all of our love and continued prayers, welcome to our family!
Your future father and mother-in-law