I pray for you everyday. I pray that you will know and love Jesus with all of your heart. I pray for your health and your happiness. I pray that you will never lose your kind heart, your imaginative spirit, your contagious laugh, your love for people and animals. I pray all of these things, for you both.
I also pray that you will live in a world where you have the freedom to achieve anything you set your mind to, and that you will never be made to feel less than. That you will know that you are equal members of society. None of greater worth than the other.
I pray that you will have the audacity to let your voice be heard. That you will not be afraid to speak your mind, and do so in love. I pray you will not buy into the belief that one voice cannot make a difference. You can change things. I pray you will.
I pray that you will surround yourself with a diverse group of friends who uplift, and encourage one another. That they will inspire you to be better. I pray that you challenge them, and that they challenge you.
I pray that you will stand up for people who cannot stand up for themselves. I pray that you will have empathy for those whose shoes you have not walked in. That you will love them where they are and be unafraid to speak up for them if need be.
I pray you will listen, and seek to understand those who are different than you. I pray you will be open to conversation and difference of opinion. I pray that you stand firm in your beliefs, but allow yourself the grace to change your mind.
I pray that when you encounter those with whom you do not agree, you will love them. That you will show them respect despite your differences. I pray you will forgive those who do not treat you with that same respect, and that you will go high when they go low.
I pray that above all else, you will choose love. I pray that you will love those who you do not understand. I pray that you will love those who are different than you. I pray that you will embrace the outcasts. That you will stand with the marginalized. I pray that you will never treat anyone differently based on the color of their skin, their gender, their religion or who they choose to love.
I pray that you will see people just as they are, people.
I love you both. And I promise I will lead by example. I am sure at times I will fail. I pray you will give me grace when I do.
Be Jesus. Love them like He would. Love yourself as He loves you. He is your King. He is your compass.