Dear Andrew: From the moment you were born we knew you were a special gift from God. But this past weekend we found out just how wonderfully created you really are. " For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. " Psalm 139:13-16
When God knit you together Andrew, He made you just the way He wanted to. No mistakes....no accidents....fearfully and wonderfully made by God Himself. A precious gift to us all.
When your Daddy and Mommy were telling us that they finally found some answers of why you were still in the hospital, that you have 22q11.2 deletion syndrome we were so thankful to know that this was not life threatening for you. You may have a few more hurdles than other people have to jump over in life. But Grammy has found out through the years that it is through hurdles that we grow strong in the Lord. And you Andrew, will be strong in the Lord.
Your Daddy and Mommy picked your name well.
A courageous little man who has been saved by God. Already you have had so many obstacles to overcome. Being born premature has not been an easy road for your Daddy, Mommy or you. But through this I have seen their faith grow stronger. What a blessing it is for you to be born into a family that has the Lord as it's sure foundation. For when the foundation is firm....no storm can break it down. This is what we have witnessed in your parents. You are very blessed!
And even though the doctors have diagnosed you with this syndrome, God has already proved that He is in control. We have discovered that a large percentage of babies born with 22Q have heart troubles...but your heart has been checked out and it is just fine. Another thing many babies are born with is a cleft pallette. You don't have this. So for these things, we are very thankful. And we know that in the future God will continue to strengthen you and show Himself strong in your life.
Our human thinking doesn't alway understand why God things the way He does, but we do understand that He has a perfect plan for your life and this is what we put our hope in.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13
Grammy loves you so much Andrew. I pray for you everyday....not just that you will be healthy and strong....but most importantly that as you grow, you will learn to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And that no matter what hurdles you have to overcome you will know in your heart that God is good and that you your lips will always bless His holy name. You are very special to Grammy Andrew. Don't ever forget that!
For this reason we also, since the day we (I) heard it, (I) do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.