Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s son is only 11 days old, but his dad is already producing plenty of heartfelt thoughts he’ll be able to read later in life.
As revealed by the Duggar family on Thursday, Derick, 26, wrote his baby boy Israel a letter before Jill, 23, had even given birth to the (big!) youngster.
“Before our grandson Israel was born, Derick wrote this beautiful letter to him,” Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar wrote on their official Facebook page.
They linked to the Dillards’ website, which boasts the letter – beginning with a verse from the Bible, Isaiah 44:21-28, which mentions Israel’s namesake:
“Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are my servant; I formed you; you are my servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.”
The Duggars are known for quoting and sharing scripture on social media, but as Derick Dillard explained in his letter, this verse is especially significant.
“To Israel, my firstborn son,” the father-to-be wrote. “I read these verses in my time with the Lord this morning, and I wanted to pen them specifically for you.”
“Just as the Lord spoke of the nation of Israel, I pray He would accomplish in you.
“I pray that you, Israel, whom I already love more than anybody, except mom of course, would turn to the Lord early in your life and glorify Him with all that is within you.”
“Though we are still waiting on your physical birth, I want you to know that mom and I are already praying for your spiritual birth. The world has not met you yet.”
“But the Lord our God already knows everything about you and who you will be. After all, He is forming you as we speak! How awesome is our God, the God of Israel!”
Dillard went on to share some of his thoughts on the pregnant Jill Duggar, who would give birth to Israel April 6 after 70 hours of labor and a c-section.
“It is so neat to have felt you kicking, punching, and turning,” he wrote. “Even if it doesn’t always feel the best for mom, I know the joy you bring makes it up for her.”
“I pray that you will continue to grow, in stature, in knowledge, and in wisdom, true wisdom, that is from the Lord. And know that I love you son,” he concluded.
“I always will, no matter what. I will say it again… I love you Israel!”
No matter how you feel about the Duggars, that is pretty magical.
Relive Derick and Jill’s road to the altar, and stay tuned for Israel’s arrival on a special May 5 episode, when you watch 19 Kids and Counting online.