Love It To Life

Dear Lewis,

Today is your first birthday! I can’t believe you’ve been alive for a whole year. More impressively, I can’t believe your mom and I managed to keep you alive for a whole year.

Sure, the cake, the balloons, the frog-shaped pool, it’s all in celebration of you. But, it’s also a celebration and a reminder of how God has invited us to take part in the act of creation, to be creators. It’s a reminder of why he created us, why he created the universe and everything in it.

I can’t tell you how he pulled it off. I can’t tell you where the “stuff” came from. I can only tell you what it came out of: love.

Out of his infinite love God created the entire universe. Quite literally, to quote Joe Strummer, God chose to “Love it to life.”

Lewis, you were born out of love. Love made you. Your mom and I loved you to life.

You were made by an explosion of love, just like the universe; you’re made of my essence, just like the universe is made of God’s; you were formed in your mom’s womb until you were ready to enter this great big world, just like God continually forms us in this world, to prepare us for the real one to come.

Lewis, that’s why I tattooed “Love it to Life” on my hands, in honor of you and in remembrance of God’s love. These words serve as both a reminder and a continual rededication of my commitment to carry on creation. It’s a reminder that I must build up and nurture what is put in these hands. I must use them to create life through words, music, and most importantly, guiding you toward Christ.

In case you’re wondering, I’m well aware that tattooing my hands will prevent me from ever going back to a normal job. That’s why I did it.

Lewis, I chose to remove the safety net, to risk it all to follow God, because He risked it all to come after me.

Above all else, Lewis, I want to do what God has created me to do. Near the top of the list is my desire is to make you proud of me, and to love things to life along with you.

Happy Birthday, Lewis.

Never forget: just like all of God’s creation, you were loved to life.

-Dad

What do you love to create? Music? Food? A safe home? How is God’s love shown through the things you create?

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