I wish I could see into the future, he mused.
Why is that? I replied.
Then, I would know who my wife is going to be, he smiled.
I'm already praying for her... my son's future bride.
I pray that she loves Jesus, or comes to love Him soon if she doesn't know Him yet.
I pray that she will be kind and that beauty will radiate from her heart.
I pray that God will help her to make wise choices and that He will heal her hurts.
I pray that she has a servant's heart and is willing to give freely.
I pray that she loves little children.
I pray that she will glorify God and bless others with her gifts and talents.
I pray that she is able to cultivate an attitude of respect in the midst of a rebellious world.
I pray that she is patient and values her purity.
I pray that she is slow to become angry and quick to forgive.
I pray that she will be my son's very best friend and his life-saving companion.
I pray that she will love my son even more than I do.
I also pray that I will be a good mother-in-law.
I pray that I will be loving and accepting... to see her as my own daughter.
I pray that she would feel comfortable calling me "Mom."
I pray that I will know when to offer gentle wisdom and when to step aside.
I pray that I will be encouraging and trustworthy.
I pray that I would delight in the person God created her to be.
I pray that she will feel safe and welcome in my presence.
I pray that we will be able to laugh and know joy together.
I pray that we will be able to cry together, too.
I pray that someday,
I will be able to let go of my cherished son,
into her loving arms.
And to know that God has arranged it all.