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December 5, 2011

Letter to my daughter

by Dave Malnes

Dear daughter:

One of the more disappointing aspects of playing sports is getting injured.  I know this is your second knee surgery in less than a year and once again, you had to miss out in the national tournament.  And that is disappointing.  When you hurt, we hurt as parents as well.  I’m proud that you are responding with great maturity in a difficult circumstances.  This is something I’ve had to learn over the years and have yet to master.

I don’t want to just throw Bible verses your way, but this particular verse is underlined in my Bible and has been especially meaningful for me.  Our Lord, who knows your situation, gives us this promise that, “after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”  Our Lord Jesus will personally look after you — just like the CEO of a company handling a complaint or the chief surgeon of a large hospital taking the time to check your chart and personally see that you are being taken care of — our Lord will personally see to it that you will be restored and made strong.  He will lift your spirits at just the right time — because his timing is perfect.  And the end result?  You will be even more firm and steadfast in the faith.  You may not totally understand the circumstances, but will eventually learn to be thankful for them.  That’s been my prayer for you.

Love, your dad.

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