One of my prayers every night is that my nieces would grow up to be God-confident kids. My close friends know that Fei-fei isn’t related to us by blood or genes because she’s not my brother’s biological daughter. However, we love her dearly as our own, just like how we love Alika. I just feel bad whenever people would ask who is my “real” niece, especially when Fei is in front of us. Fei has been showing some signs of insecurity like she wants to have fair skin like us or straight hair like my mom’s. Whenever she sleeps beside me, I pray over her and ask the Lord to take away all those insecurities and make her feel whole in His love and in our family.
I just hope that people would also see Fei as my real niece. Of course, it doesn’t matter what others think but when they say it in front of Fei, it crushes her soul because she is already a 6-year old girl who could understand every single word that she hears.
Above all these issues, I honor God for the heart of my brother. My brother played like a prodigal son in our family for so many years but suddenly changed when Ate Bel, Fei, and Alika became his family. He loves his family dearly and works very hard to provide for them.
This morning I woke up enveloped with gratitude because in less than two months, I’ll be seeing my brother again. I’m sure he’ll be proud to see that Fei has been a good Ate to Alika, without minding who is biologically his and not.
And just like God, He sees all of us as His own, proud and shouting from up there, “Hey, that’s my daughter, Tin!”