Our Dearest Gabrielle Ann,
Mommy and Daddy wanted to take this time to tell you how much we love you. In the short time we knew you, you were such a blessing on our lives. Meeting you was something we looked forward to since we found out about you. Mommy and Daddy would talk to you and tell stories or sing silly songs to you. Your sister Ne-J even would come to say hello sometimes and we couldn’t wait to see you two play together. We would feel your little kicks and we knew you were stretching your legs (or maybe arms, we could never really tell) and that you were getting ready for the world. I think back on late nights when I would lay my arm across your mothers belly and you would give little kicks letting me know you were there just saying hello. It was our daddy daughter time.
One night in the middle of a storm I laid my arm across your mothers belly to let you know we were there, and to make sure you were not afraid. But you were not there to say hello, instead you were with Jesus.
When you were born you were the most peaceful looking angel we had ever seen. You had your Daddy’s chin and lucky for you, your mommy’s nose. We got to see the powerful little feet that kept Mom company while she worked hard at her desk. And we got to see the precious little hands that would say hello to me at 2 in the morning. Neither one of us ever got to see you eyes, because since before the earth was formed God knew your eyes would be used for only one thing. To gaze upon perfection. Your eyes look upon your beautiful savior, a man who suffered and died for the sins of the world. It is this man that your Mom and Dad find hope in. He came down here with all of us and experienced the same joy and the same pain that we are experiencing now. He came to redeem this fallen world. God had a plan before Mommy and Daddy ever knew you. He wanted to save you from a world stained with sin. Because of his rescue, you will never feel the pain of someone sinning against you. You will never have to experience the consequence of your own sin. And you will never experience the imperfections of your parents. All you will ever know sweet Gabrielle Ann is perfection in the hands of Christ. The hands you were born into are the same hands that allowed us to be born again.
Sweet little girl we look forward to meeting you at the gates of Heaven someday holding Jesus hand. You can introduce us to his saints who surround you and we will introduce you to his saints surrounding us. These dear saints who pray for you and your Mommy and Daddy, as well as shed tears with us over the loss of you. We love you very much dearest Gabrielle Ann and until we see you again we will rest in this truth. The truth, which is found in the origins of your name. “God is my might” and “Grace”.