Dear Hudson...

Dear Hudson,

            I’ve never written a letter like this before. You, as the first grandson on either side of your family, will break many trails in the years to come. And you will bring all of us along with you; sort of a cross between a cheering squad and a support team. You have been in our prayers all along your mother’s pregnancy and you will continue to be. 

            We are looking forward to being with you for your baptism next weekend – aunts and uncles, grandparents, and even great-grandparents, coming from as far as Texas, Illinois, and Colorado. I’m honored to get to be a part of it, to be sure. But we’re more excited for what it will mean for you. 

God’s name will be splashed on your forehead, you who already have plenty of names to learn (Frank Emil Schardt Winter V, aka Hudson)! God’s promises will be extended to you in the water and His word. His grace will enfold you as the Holy Spirit enters, causing faith to be planted in your heart. That faith we will do our best to help nurture. 

You are dearly loved by your mom and dad, but that pales in comparison to the love of our heavenly Father. He gave His Son, Christ Jesus, into death for your forgiveness. And He raised Jesus from the dead, so that you could know eternal life. 

As I bring this to a close, know that your grandfather (Mike) and grandmother (Deb), your Nana (Jami) and I are eagerly looking forward to what the years will bring. We will rejoice in your growth and we will continue to pray for what God brings your way. 

With much love,