I'm not afraid to say how much I love my Nicobatzi! I love all my children, but today is Nico's birthday. He's 10 years old. Each of my boys are very different from the others. Nico is our quiet, contemplative child. He's perceptive about people, which translates to sneaky at times.
Like most parents I suppose, I think and pray often about what God will do with my children. My main prayer for Nico is that he sense God's personal love for him in a daily way. He professes faith in Christ and shows real fruit, at the same time, growing up a pastor's kid is tough on authenticity-gauging. Since he's less verbal than my other boys, our discussions aren't as lengthy, but nevertheless pretty deep when they happen. Nico has a personality something like my wife, yet not dead on. I'm always wondering what's going on in his head and heart.
On his birthday, I give particular praise to God for having us be his parents.
May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.