Matt Appling writes a letter to his not-yet-born children:
But despite that fear, we keep persisting, keeping our hearts open for the day you show up. It’s a fearful persistence. We’re not angry or sad that other kids got to be born first. They are beautiful little miracles too. How could we be mad about those miracles?
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer… Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
“Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud.