My wife and I have boys. They arrived as a couple. Two. When it came time to decide on a name for our first child we selected both a boy name and a girl name. Just in case.
We wanted the baby’s gender (biological sex) to be a surprise. It was.
Uh oh. That meant we were one name short of what we needed. For a few days they were called Baby A and Baby B. Two boys.
While we seldom hear from our children, what has become clear in the decades since is another reality we did not expect; we have many daughters already— members of our congregation and other congregations where we served— daughters who treat us as if we are their parents, too. That love and kindness has given us a few dozen additional grandchildren beyond the ones that came from our boys.
What should one look for in a daughter?
Love comes first, of course. Love for Jehovah and Jesus; certainly love for family and humankind. Then, a list of the obvious. Kindness, compassion, responsibility, self-reliance, trustworthiness, generosity, loyalty; that list could go on for awhile.
Truly I say to you, no one has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the good news 30 who will not get 100 times more now in this period of time—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields…
We have been blessed with many daughters. A few live far away but keep in contact. Others live down the street or a few blocks away and continuously check on us to ensure we are doing well.
Is that not what you would expect from a good daughter?