Thursday, January 8, 2009


Today, I celebrate the birth and life of my oldest son Jared

You've reached a significant threshold today, Jared. At age 21, you're legal. Technically, you can do anything you want. You are as free as you ever will be. Our hope and prayer is that you will continue to use your freedom caringly and hopefully.

You are a unique joy to Becky and me--this will always be so. We love you. We are proud of you. We believe you possess profound depth of character, conviction and commitment. This has been cultivated and demonstrated in our home, in school and college, on the soccer pitch, and among your peers. We hope you challenge everything that would seek to sabotage your trajectory of promise. Give yourself to the simple disciplines that help you dream well and fulfill your dreams.

Adult life stretches out before you full of promise and potential, challenge and struggle, love and laughter, heartache and sacrifice, fulfillment and reward. Embrace each challenge and opportunity with consideration, prayer and wisdom.

May you experience what Thoreau proclaimed: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his own dreams and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."