Matthew, we pray that you will be continued blessed in your life, as you have blessed us. Matthew means "Gift from God," and we truly believe that you are a gift to us. We can't wait to see you grow up and discover your strengths, and as you learn of your weaknesses, we pray that you will look to God for strength and wisdom.
During your baptism at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, I read the life verse that we selected for you. I hope that you find these to be words to live by:
Matthew 22:36-40 (The Message): One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”