Everything about a baby is so beautiful – from their tiny fingers and toes to smiles and nose. But one thing I’ve been so enamored with lately is my sweet baby’s eyes. Sure they’re big and brown and have so much expression, but something that Jason pointed out has really stuck with me. The whites of Clare’s eyes are just so…white! They don’t yet have the veins or spots that us old folks have gained over the years.
I’ve reflected on this fact for a while and thought about just how pure her little eyes truly are. They haven’t witnessed the true hurt, pain, and sin that’s in the world. They haven’t been strained from staring at a screen for too long or studying all night. The most scandalous thing she’s seen is her parents smooching. Oh how I wish it could stay that way.
But little girl, I know that you’re going to see plenty soon enough. And I know that I can’t shelter you from all that’s bad in the world. You’re going to see tears and heartache. You’re going to see men and women disrespecting the dignity of others and not living out theirs in full. You’re going to see war and violence on the news. You’re even going to see your own parents fall short in our vocation as husband and wife and as your parents.
Know that I promise to lead you in the right direction – to teach you what is good, right, and holy. I will do my best but ultimately it is the Lord who will be the lamp to your feet and the light to your path. I pray that you follow Him. When you witness those atrocities that are allowed in the world – follow Him. When you’re tempted to view things that are unholy – follow Him. When you have tears in your eyes someday – follow Him.
Keep those beautiful eyes on Him, baby girl. He makes all things new and won’t lead you astray. This I can assure you.