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Baby Beach Letter

This "Baby Beach" letter was written by Renee to Grant Beach while his mom, Laura, was pregnant with him. A copy was found in Renee's home...Laura never received the letter, but it gives great insight into the beautiful person that Renee was...

Dear Baby Beach,

I just wanted to write you a little letter to welcome you to the world and wish you a happy birthday! You are about to experience many blessings…you will be surrounded by love from your parents, grandparents, and many others including your Aunt Renee! Your arrival has been eagerly anticipated for a long time. Long before you were conceived you were prayed for, the moment you became a reality inside of your mother you were loved, and the moment you were born your parents would die for you. You will continue to grow in this love and it will nurture you.

Your parents will help to teach you many things about this world that you are now a part of. They will demonstrate to you that their love for you is unconditional. This means that they will love you when you are good and it is easy to love you and that they will love you when your actions disappoint them. This unconditional love and commitment from your parents is important to incorporate into your relationships with your family and friends as well. They will teach you that there is no sense in having friends or family if you are only there for them when it is easy to be there. The fact that I’ve been friends with your mother since we were only four years old is an example of this. Relationships are essential in this life…you will need relationships with people and they will need you. Relationships will also give you great joy in this life.

You will soon learn that the greatest relationship of all is your relationship with Jesus. Martin Luther once stated…”A man’s greatness is not determined by his wealth or the qualities he possesses, but instead it depends on his relatedness to God.”

Being a part of the world means you have a lot of responsibility. You were born with many blessings, good health, loving parents, and everything to meet your basic needs, and even a lot of extras. Unfortunately, many people do not have these same blessings. Often society will try to even further oppress these persons that are more unfortunate than you. It is important to remember that Jesus loves them just as much as he loves you. Jesus stresses the need to care for those that are poor, handicapped or are unfortunate in other ways. In fact, I recall reading an inscription on the door of an orphanage that I visited in Haiti that read “When you look at the face of Christ today, he looks like the person who needs you.” Remember that all of your blessings are really God’s investments in you given to you so that you can care for the needy and further his kingdom.

You will also learn that although life is a rather serious phenomenon, it can be a lot of fun too! Bringing laughter into this world is considered a great gift in itself. Being able to laugh at yourself when you make a mistake is another special quality. It makes people realize that you are secure in yourself to be able to do that and it is a lot safer than laughing at somebody else and hurting their feelings.

Being able to laugh at yourself instead of getting angry is an example of attitude. Attitude is a powerful phenomenon. A quote from Chuck Swindoll demonstrates that incredible impact of attitude. He states…

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is to play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

I hope that someday when you grow older you will be able to read this letter and understand some of its content. I look forward to watching you grow, living, learning, and most importantly loving.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer...
Romans 12:12