a prayer for Elena

I’m praying for you on this, your very first birthday. Just a year ago today I was sleeping on the floor of a hospital waiting room, waiting to meet you.

I went to your party yesterday and was reminded of how very loved you are. Your other grandparents and your parents were beaming with joy. Lady and I were too. You are walking and chattering. We are so glad that you are healthy and smart. You have so many blessings and we are so blessed.

So today, I’m praying you will soon realize this is all a gift. And that understanding what grace looks like, you will come to know what it is. And where it comes from.

It’s the first Sunday of Lent and I’m preaching about how deep the Father’s love is. I trust you will rest in this reality as soon as you can understand it, and that the love you now sense will be but a shadow of the love you will come to know in Christ.

Happy birthday, Elena.



About wally metts

Wally Metts is the daysman. He is director of graduate studies in communication at Spring Arbor University and is a pastor at Countryside Bible Church in Jonesville, MI. The father of four adult children, he and his wife Katie raise barn cats and Christmas trees in Michigan. His grandchildren call him Santa.

2 Responses to “a prayer for Elena”

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  1. Elena’s first year: God’s grace | michael j metts - February 27, 2012

    […] we were praying, I started to cry again. My father asked for Elena to receive an understanding of grace and the one who gives […]

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