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Oh Precious Child
By Toni Smothers

Today you feel tremendous joy, as well as some small trepidation.
Your heart swells with love, yet aches just a little
as you feel those tiny fingers cling to you.

The wonder in his eyes, his helplessness, innocence and trust,
all bombard you with the depth of your child's dependence.
You are now parents!

Your life has surely changed from the moment of birth.
You may well be wondering, "How will I fulfill the enormity of
this appointment to nurture my precious child?"

You have been recreated, almost like stained glass,
allowing the light of the world to pierce the colors that are you,
while you blend and shine through with your beliefs, values and love.
A steady sunbeam to glow before your child's face.

Know that your little one will be watching and learning from you,
your love, abundant and freely given,
will sustain, protect and reassure the babe of how it is cherished.

No mistake, no failure, nothing, can separate him from your love.
You have been truly blessed of God.
Congratulations!
Toni Smothers is a child of God, wife, mom, grandmother, writer and lay-speaker. She has had serious exposure to the rougher side of life and from that experience has been left with a heart full of love for others who struggle with learning about our beautiful Savior. Through her writing, Toni delights in helping young people especially, who are seeking to find a true, intimate relationship with their Heavenly Father. Toni is also the Editor of Teen Truth.
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