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"Welcome to the world, son!" by Jason Weirich (CatholicMom.com) Copyright 2018 Jason Weirich. All rights reserved.[/caption] Hello, son: Welcome to the world! We have been waiting for your arrival for 9 months now!  Before you conquer the world, let me give you some wisdom that I have learned from my successes and my failures. Know God. Know Him well. You will experience all types of trials in your life and having a relationship with the One who painted Creation is vital. When it seems like the world is falling apart and chaos is everywhere, God can and will sustain you. Church attendance is just a small micro step in feeding your soul. Spend time in the Bible on a daily basis with a translation that you understand. Discuss your struggles and dreams with a few people that you trust. I will elaborate on this idea more later in this letter Your legacy is more than your last name. When we were expecting your birth, I had several people who asked me how it felt to have our family name continue. I told them I really don’t care about that. I’m thrilled to now have a son but to be concerned about the “family name” continuing is absurd. Our daughter is important whether she marries one day or not, and the same is true of my nieces and other cousins who did or don’t carry our last name. Legacy is what you will build one day as you journey through your child and teen years and into adulthood. You will pass on your legacy to others; build something bigger than yourself. Journey with a few friends. Although this seems like common sense, the idea of having a few trusted friends and allies in your journey is often frowned upon. How often have you heard the concept to “not trust anybody?” I guarantee you that the person who trusts no one is not doing well spiritually. We all need a few trusted friends. I have a few and that has sustained me for years through trials, loss, heartache, and aiming for success. Be yourself. I encourage you to be who God created you to be. If you want to try a sport or hobby, then try it. If your mother and I were good at a particular sport, then do not feel pressured to be like us. Find what you enjoy and then pursue it! The same goes for whatever career path or jobs that you have. Remember that at the end of the job, you are more than your job title or position. Whatever role you have at home or work, do it well! Pray with people. It is easier said than done to tell people we are praying for them. If you pray with people, you are entering their petition to God. This is a sacred space and something that you should not take lightly. If you are told confidential matters and you pray with someone, then respect their wishes and keep their matters private. People need healing; they don’t need their business spread out to others.   We love you and look forward to seeing you grow up!!! Love, Dad
Copyright 2018 Jason Weirich