TEN YEARS AGO TODAY, at 9:01 in the morning, you made your grand entry into the world. I will never forget it, because mine were the first hands to hold you. Barehanded, I felt your skin against mine for the very first time. You were warm and wet, a beautiful spectacle of life. Happy birthday, my dear Simeon!

My son, I will always love you – and I will always be your friend. You have my blessing to pursue God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul, and to wring this solitary life for all it’s worth. You have brought so much happiness and passion into the lives of your mother and me. What God has given us in you is priceless.

Mom and Dad wish you not only a memorable day, but also a memorable life. It will go by very quickly, my son. Seek God, walk with Him. Your name means “he listens” or “he hears.” Our prayer is that you would hear from God, and listen to Him, in such ways that you follow. We will be there, every step of the way that God allows, cheering you on and doing all we can to help you be the man God predestined you to be. Remember: no one who truly surrenders to God will ever live to regret it.

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to info@couragematters.com. , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact info@couragematters.com.
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