God’s Amazing Gifts

Recently my wife, Kendra, and I have become parents to an amazing baby boy. We both grew up in large families and have seen the happiness and wonder that a child can bring to a family, but, until recently, we hadn’t experienced the gift of parenthood. For the short time I have been a father, it has been an ever-present joy and wonder to have this amazing gift God has given me.

The holiday season is a time of gifts. During Thanksgiving, we think a lot about the gifts we have been given from God. With that appreciation in our hearts we look forward to Christmas with the gifts we can give to others. It is important to me during this time of year that I remember that all of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received come from our Savior. With that in my heart, I have been thinking a lot about how I want to celebrate Christmas with my own son. Again and again, I come back to wanting to share the gift of Christ with Holden.

Sharing the holidays with First Pres has been a great gift to me over the last few years. I want to wish everyone happiness for Christmas and peace as we end the year.

Blessing, Matthew


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    carolyn keefer says

    Sharing the gift of Christ with Holden is the best possible gift you will ever offer him! What a lucky little guy to have you both as his parents. May God bless your first Christmas as Mommy and Daddy! Thank you for all you do for all of us at 1st Pres.!

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    Mary Ann Welsh says

    Beautiful testimony! May God bless you and your family, especially during this first Christmas with Holden!

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    Jim & Wendy Taylor-Sanders says

    Matthew, your proudness shows every time we see you. You are a great dad, and a wonderful asset to our church. We are blessed to have you. A very Merry Christmas to you and your whole family.

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    Carol Landon says

    Beautifully said, Matthew! You are an amazing part of our First Pres family & you & Kendra have given us a gift …sharing your incredible, precious baby boy, Holden. May you feel God’s love & joy especially in this special time nearing the birth of another precious gift to us all ✝️

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    Bev Turner says

    Thank you for sharing your new experience as parents with us. Bless Holden, Kendra and you on this exciting first Christmas!! You, Matt, are a blessing to this church and Merry Christmas to you and family.

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    Sam Hunter says

    So happy for you and Kendra! Enjoy each day of this season as a parent.

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