Joel Caleb, it has been a full year of adventures and exciting times. Not everything has been easy and you are learning to live with transitions between phases in life as well as saying goodbye to loved places and friends.
You are becoming more and more a boy who looks out for others and loves to play with whomever is around. I hope this openness to others will be more and more cultivated in your heart and that the Lord will use it mightily in your life.
We are excited to see where this year will lead you and us and am thankful for all the blessings God brings through you in our lives.
The God whose heart is open to everyone may open yours more and more.
We love you.
Now you are almost a schoolboy. I am amazed at your speed of learning and your ability of reflection. Though I myself am not a prophet I can see your giftedness in mathematics and your diligent inquiry in subjects of your interest.
You have adjusted to German culture and customs well and I am more than glad to see you having your own friends with whom you play and discover life.
The gentleman is still growing in you and I am eager to see how that will play out in 10 years from now.
I pray that God will bring you closer to Himself and thus closer to yourself. That you will find your path which God has laid out for you.
I love you so much and am glad to have you in our lives. Without you we would not be the same at all. We love you!
Thank you God for Tim!
In Christ. AMEN.
My dear wife,
Ouuuuuuuuuw! I do not know how you do it, but each year your beauty increases and I am more and more blown away by it.
I am not solely talking about outer appearance, but your inner beauty seems to keep step with the former as well.
This year has not been easy in terms of my travels and ministry obligations. That is why I am thankful to God, that he gave me such an incredible wife. You know how much I love you (to the moon and back…).
The LORD is with you and you are in Him. May He bless you with further patience, strength, and a family which looks up to you (which they already do!). You are an amazing person and I pray that people are touched and changed by your conduct and godliness.
I love you!
In Christ. AMEN.
The above picture shows you in your cast you needed to wear when you were still two years old. I look at this picture and think that this does reflect the way you interpret life with all its circumstances. Even with the difficulties ahead you keep smiling and spread joy to those around you.
Your personality is growing and you become more and more your “own”. May you soon realize (and maybe you already have) that we are never our own but have One who created, loves, redeems, and perfects us.
May the LORD bless you with further joy and patience in life. May he grant you to experience Him early and to be worshipful for His sake.
In Christ, Amen.
now you are already in school. Time is passing quickly and I am joyful to see you growing up in such a beautiful manner.
You are a young boy full of adventurous thoughts and pioneering spirit (this might be the lot of the oldest in the family).
Sometimes I am perplexed by your thoughtful actions—you are concerned about others and how they are doing (most of the times)—and then I think to myself: “Well, that is Joel.” And indeed, this trait is deeply ingrained in your structure. It is a delight to see that!
May the Lord grant you many more opportunities to show your care for others and may such behavior steer people’s attention to the true love out of which you yourself take such treasures.
We love you!
What matters most in your life?
5. Bielefelder Hörsaal-Slam – Florian Cieslik – Finaltext – Campus TV 2013