Dear Wesley,

I’m cutting this one down to wire a bit. Sarah asked for this before Thursday and its Wednesday night. I’m giving her a second version in Wingdings but if you’re reading this, this probably isn’t it. My name is Matthew Lee and I am almost done with my undergraduate degree in Computer Science. I have enjoyed it so completely that I will be pursuing a Masters in CS at SMU as well. I am from Bedford, Texas which is just a short hop west of Dallas. I went to a Bedford city council meeting once. I am thankful that there are people who like that sort of thing. 

I came to SMU with four of my closest friends from high school and I have been roommates with my kindergarten best friend for all four years here. I was pleasantly surprised when he asked if I wanted to go to church one Sunday of my second year. I went to church zero times my first year here, despite going to church every Sunday with my family my whole life. I met Andrew after the service and was reunited with Noah Schweser who was in my freshman orientation group. We went to lunch and talked about what Wesley was and how to get involved. A few bible studies and Well services later and I was hooked. I really didn’t think it would go this far to be honest. It started with after-church Chipotle. That’s how they get you, I guess.

Before joining Wesley, I had always seen my faith as more about getting the right answer than developing a relationship. Now I feel stronger and more confident in my relationship with God than ever. Wesley has challenged me to put my faith first in everything I do and to be proud of it. Bible study has taught me how to read the bible and to be comfortable with hard questions. The Table and the Well have shown me the difference worship can make in the rest of my life. Nights of Worship have taught me that God doesn’t mind if I can’t sing well. United Groups have taught me how to listen and trust and be vulnerable. Lunch on the Lawn taught me how to be open and welcoming and how to fold a blanket. Wesley Mobile House taught me that no matter how tired or busy I am, getting up and spending time worshiping and learning about God is always worth it. Crepe night taught me to appreciate ventilation and climate control. Retreat taught me how to let go and spend time with God, how to get to know people, and how much I love crack. (Input from Sarah here; crack is a snack made of pretzels, chocolate, butter and brown sugar.) The house renovation taught me that community is more than just a meeting place. The house snacks taught me nothing about eating in moderation, I think I regressed quite a bit. Basketball before Table with Sean taught me that David can slay Goliath. House Team taught me how much a good environment can change someone’s day. You all taught me how to love one another.

I don’t have much advice to give, as you have all made the critical first step of being a part of Wesley already. However, as your time at Wesley and SMU continues, take a moment, every once in a while, to reflect on just how far you have come. The grind may seem slow and tedious, but you are doing a lovely job. And when you start to get overwhelmed, remember that God has never failed you before. 

Thank you for making these last few years so amazing. I love you all very much. 

-Matthew Lee 

If you have been working on your WingDing translations, here is that version for you.

🖐❼🔾 ♍◆⧫⧫♓■♑ ⧫♒♓⬧ □■♏ ♎□⬥■ ⧫□ ⬥♓❒♏ ♋ ♌♓⧫📬 💧♋❒♋♒ ♋⬧🙵♏♎ ♐□❒ ⧫♒♓⬧ ♌♏♐□❒♏ ❄♒◆❒⬧♎♋⮹ ♋■♎ ♓⧫⬧ 🕈♏♎■♏⬧♎♋⮹ ■♓♑♒⧫📬 🖐❼🔾 ♑♓❖♓■♑ ♒♏❒ ♋ ⬧♏♍□■♎ ❖♏❒⬧♓□■ ♓■ 🕈♓■♑♎♓■♑⬧ ♌◆⧫ ♓♐ ⮹□◆❼❒♏ ❒♏♋♎♓■♑ ⧫♒♓⬧📪 ⧫♒♓⬧ 🞐❒□♌♋♌●⮹ ♓⬧■❼⧫ ♓⧫📬 💣⮹ ■♋🔾♏ ♓⬧ 💣♋⧫⧫♒♏⬥ ☹♏♏ ♋■♎ 🖐 ♋🔾 ♋●🔾□⬧⧫ ♎□■♏ ⬥♓⧫♒ 🔾⮹ ◆■♎♏❒♑❒♋♎◆♋⧫♏ ♎♏♑❒♏♏ ♓■ 👍□🔾🞐◆⧫♏❒ 💧♍♓♏■♍♏📬 🖐 ♒♋❖♏ ♏■🙰□⮹♏♎ ♓⧫ ⬧□ ♍□🔾🞐●♏⧫♏●⮹ ⧫♒♋⧫ 🖐 ⬥♓●● ♌♏ 🞐◆❒⬧◆♓■♑ ♋ 💣♋⬧⧫♏❒⬧ ♓■ 👍💧 ♋⧫ 💧💣🕆 ♋⬧ ⬥♏●●📬 🖐 ♋🔾 ♐❒□🔾 👌♏♎♐□❒♎📪 ❄♏⌧♋⬧ ⬥♒♓♍♒ ♓⬧ 🙰◆⬧⧫ ♋ ⬧♒□❒⧫ ♒□🞐 ⬥♏⬧⧫ □♐ 👎♋●●♋⬧📬 🖐 ⬥♏■⧫ ⧫□ ♋ 👌♏♎♐□❒♎ ♍♓⧫⮹ ♍□◆■♍♓● 🔾♏♏⧫♓■♑ □■♍♏📬 🖐 ♋🔾 ⧫♒♋■🙵♐◆● ⧫♒♋⧫ ⧫♒♏❒♏ ♋❒♏ 🞐♏□🞐●♏ ⬥♒□ ●♓🙵♏ ⧫♒♋⧫ ⬧□❒⧫ □♐ ⧫♒♓■♑📬 

🖐 ♍♋🔾♏ ⧫□ 💧💣🕆 ⬥♓⧫♒ ♐□◆❒ □♐ 🔾⮹ ♍●□⬧♏⬧⧫ ♐❒♓♏■♎⬧ ♐❒□🔾 ♒♓♑♒ ⬧♍♒□□● ♋■♎ 🖐 ♒♋❖♏ ♌♏♏■ ❒□□🔾🔾♋⧫♏⬧ ⬥♓⧫♒ 🔾⮹ 🙵♓■♎♏❒♑♋❒⧫♏■ ♌♏⬧⧫ ♐❒♓♏■♎ ♐□❒ ♋●● ♐□◆❒ ⮹♏♋❒⬧ ♒♏❒♏📬 🖐 ⬥♋⬧ 🞐●♏♋⬧♋■⧫●⮹ ⬧◆❒🞐❒♓⬧♏♎ ⬥♒♏■ ♒♏ ♋⬧🙵♏♎ ♓♐ 🖐 ⬥♋■⧫♏♎ ⧫□ ♑□ ⧫□ ♍♒◆❒♍♒ □■♏ 💧◆■♎♋⮹ □♐ 🔾⮹ ⬧♏♍□■♎ ⮹♏♋❒📬 🖐 ⬥♏■⧫ ⧫□ ♍♒◆❒♍♒ ⌘♏❒□ ⧫♓🔾♏⬧ 🔾⮹ ♐♓❒⬧⧫ ⮹♏♋❒ ♒♏❒♏📪 ♎♏⬧🞐♓⧫♏ ♑□♓■♑ ⧫□ ♍♒◆❒♍♒ ♏❖♏❒⮹ 💧◆■♎♋⮹ ⬥♓⧫♒ 🔾⮹ ♐♋🔾♓●⮹ 🔾⮹ ⬥♒□●♏ ●♓♐♏📬 🖐 🔾♏⧫ ✌■♎❒♏⬥ ♋♐⧫♏❒ ⧫♒♏ ⬧♏❒❖♓♍♏ ♋■♎ ⬥♋⬧ ❒♏◆■♓⧫♏♎ ⬥♓⧫♒ ☠□♋♒ 💧♍♒⬥♏⬧♏❒ ⬥♒□ ⬥♋⬧ ♓■ 🔾⮹ ♐❒♏⬧♒🔾♋■ □❒♓♏■⧫♋⧫♓□■ ♑❒□◆🞐📬 🕈♏ ⬥♏■⧫ ⧫□ ●◆■♍♒ ♋■♎ ⧫♋●🙵♏♎ ♋♌□◆⧫ ⬥♒♋⧫ 🕈♏⬧●♏⮹ ⬥♋⬧ ♋■♎ ♒□⬥ ⧫□ ♑♏⧫ ♓■❖□●❖♏♎📬 ✌ ♐♏⬥ ♌♓♌●♏ ⬧⧫◆♎♓♏⬧ ♋■♎ 🕈♏●● ⬧♏❒❖♓♍♏⬧ ●♋⧫♏❒ ♋■♎ 🖐 ⬥♋⬧ ♒□□🙵♏♎📬 🖐 ❒♏♋●●⮹ ♎♓♎■❼⧫ ⧫♒♓■🙵 ♓⧫ ⬥□◆●♎ ♑□ ⧫♒♓⬧ ♐♋❒ ⧫□ ♌♏ ♒□■♏⬧⧫📬 🖐⧫ ⬧⧫♋❒⧫♏♎ ⬥♓⧫♒ ♋♐⧫♏❒📫♍♒◆❒♍♒ 👍♒♓🞐□⧫●♏📬 ❄♒♋⧫❼⬧ ♒□⬥ ⧫♒♏⮹ ♑♏⧫ ⮹□◆📪 🖐 ♑◆♏⬧⬧📬

👌♏♐□❒♏ 🙰□♓■♓■♑ 🕈♏⬧●♏⮹📪 🖐 ♒♋♎ ♋●⬥♋⮹⬧ ⬧♏♏■ 🔾⮹ ♐♋♓⧫♒ ♋⬧ 🔾□❒♏ ♋♌□◆⧫ ♑♏⧫⧫♓■♑ ⧫♒♏ ❒♓♑♒⧫ ♋■⬧⬥♏❒ ⧫♒♋■ ♎♏❖♏●□🞐♓■♑ ♋ ❒♏●♋⧫♓□■⬧♒♓🞐📬 ☠□⬥ 🖐 ♐♏♏● ⬧⧫❒□■♑♏❒ ♋■♎ 🔾□❒♏ ♍□■♐♓♎♏■⧫ ♓■ 🔾⮹ ❒♏●♋⧫♓□■⬧♒♓🞐 ⬥♓⧫♒ ☝□♎ ⧫♒♋■ ♏❖♏❒📬 🕈♏⬧●♏⮹ ♒♋⬧ ♍♒♋●●♏■♑♏♎ 🔾♏ ⧫□ 🞐◆⧫ 🔾⮹ ♐♋♓⧫♒ ♐♓❒⬧⧫ ♓■ ♏❖♏❒⮹⧫♒♓■♑ 🖐 ♎□ ♋■♎ ⧫□ ♌♏ 🞐❒□◆♎ □♐ ♓⧫📬 👌♓♌●♏ ⬧⧫◆♎⮹ ♒♋⬧ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ♒□⬥ ⧫□ ❒♏♋♎ ⧫♒♏ ♌♓♌●♏ ♋■♎ ⧫□ ♌♏ ♍□🔾♐□❒⧫♋♌●♏ ⬥♓⧫♒ ♒♋❒♎ ❑◆♏⬧⧫♓□■⬧📬 ❄♒♏ ❄♋♌●♏ ♋■♎ ⧫♒♏ 🕈♏●● ♒♋❖♏ ⬧♒□⬥■ 🔾♏ ⧫♒♏ ♎♓♐♐♏❒♏■♍♏ ⬥□❒⬧♒♓🞐 ♍♋■ 🔾♋🙵♏ ♓■ ⧫♒♏ ❒♏⬧⧫ □♐ 🔾⮹ ●♓♐♏📬 ☠♓♑♒⧫⬧ □♐ 🕈□❒⬧♒♓🞐 ♒♋❖♏ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ⧫♒♋⧫ ☝□♎ ♎□♏⬧■❼⧫ 🔾♓■♎ ♓♐ 🖐 ♍♋■❼⧫ ⬧♓■♑ ⬥♏●●📬 🕆■♓⧫♏♎ ☝❒□◆🞐⬧ ♒♋❖♏ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ♒□⬥ ⧫□ ●♓⬧⧫♏■ ♋■♎ ⧫❒◆⬧⧫ ♋■♎ ♌♏ ❖◆●■♏❒♋♌●♏📬 ☹◆■♍♒ □■ ⧫♒♏ ☹♋⬥■ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ♒□⬥ ⧫□ ♌♏ □🞐♏■ ♋■♎ ⬥♏●♍□🔾♓■♑ ♋■♎ ♒□⬥ ⧫□ ♐□●♎ ♋ ♌●♋■🙵♏⧫📬 🕈♏⬧●♏⮹ 💣□♌♓●♏ ☟□◆⬧♏ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ⧫♒♋⧫ ■□ 🔾♋⧫⧫♏❒ ♒□⬥ ⧫♓❒♏♎ □❒ ♌◆⬧⮹ 🖐 ♋🔾📪 ♑♏⧫⧫♓■♑ ◆🞐 ♋■♎ ⬧🞐♏■♎♓■♑ ⧫♓🔾♏ ⬥□❒⬧♒♓🞐♓■♑ ♋■♎ ●♏♋❒■♓■♑ ♋♌□◆⧫ ☝□♎ ♓⬧ ♋●⬥♋⮹⬧ ⬥□❒⧫♒ ♓⧫📬 👍❒♏🞐♏ ■♓♑♒⧫ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ⧫□ ♋🞐🞐❒♏♍♓♋⧫♏ ❖♏■⧫♓●♋⧫♓□■ ♋■♎ ♍●♓🔾♋⧫♏ ♍□■⧫❒□●📬 ☼♏⧫❒♏♋⧫ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ♒□⬥ ⧫□ ●♏⧫ ♑□ ♋■♎ ⬧🞐♏■♎ ⧫♓🔾♏ ⬥♓⧫♒ ☝□♎📪 ♒□⬥ ⧫□ ♑♏⧫ ⧫□ 🙵■□⬥ 🞐♏□🞐●♏📪 ♋■♎ ♒□⬥ 🔾◆♍♒ 🖐 ●□❖♏ ♍❒♋♍🙵📬 ❄♒♏ ♒□◆⬧♏ ❒♏■□❖♋⧫♓□■ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ⧫♒♋⧫ ♍□🔾🔾◆■♓⧫⮹ ♓⬧ 🔾□❒♏ ⧫♒♋■ 🙰◆⬧⧫ ♋ 🔾♏♏⧫♓■♑ 🞐●♋♍♏📬 ❄♒♏ ♒□◆⬧♏ ⬧■♋♍🙵⬧ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ■□⧫♒♓■♑ ♋♌□◆⧫ ♏♋⧫♓■♑ ♓■ 🔾□♎♏❒♋⧫♓□■📪 🖐 ⧫♒♓■🙵 🖐 ❒♏♑❒♏⬧⬧♏♎ ❑◆♓⧫♏ ♋ ♌♓⧫📬 👌♋⬧🙵♏⧫♌♋●● ♌♏♐□❒♏ ❄♋♌●♏ ⬥♓⧫♒ 💧♏♋■ ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ⧫♒♋⧫ 👎♋❖♓♎ ♍♋■ ⬧●♋⮹ ☝□●♓♋⧫♒📬 ☟□◆⬧♏ ❄♏♋🔾 ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ♒□⬥ 🔾◆♍♒ ♋ ♑□□♎ ♏■❖♓❒□■🔾♏■⧫ ♍♋■ ♍♒♋■♑♏ ⬧□🔾♏□■♏❼⬧ ♎♋⮹ ✡□◆ ♋●● ⧫♋◆♑♒⧫ 🔾♏ ♒□⬥ ⧫□ ●□❖♏ □■♏ ♋■□⧫♒♏❒📬

🖐 ♎□■❼⧫ ♒♋❖♏ 🔾◆♍♒ ♋♎❖♓♍♏ ⧫□ ♑♓❖♏📪 ♋⬧ ⮹□◆ ♒♋❖♏ ♋●● 🔾♋♎♏ ⧫♒♏ ♍❒♓⧫♓♍♋● ♐♓❒⬧⧫ ⬧⧫♏🞐 □♐ ♌♏♓■♑ ♋ 🞐♋❒⧫ □♐ 🕈♏⬧●♏⮹ ♋●❒♏♋♎⮹📬 ☟□⬥♏❖♏❒📪 ♋⬧ ⮹□◆❒ ⧫♓🔾♏ ♋⧫ 🕈♏⬧●♏⮹ ♋■♎ 💧💣🕆 ♍□■⧫♓■◆♏⬧📪 ⧫♋🙵♏ ♋ 🔾□🔾♏■⧫📪 ♏❖♏❒⮹ □■♍♏ ♓■ ♋ ⬥♒♓●♏📪 ⧫□ ❒♏♐●♏♍⧫ □■ 🙰◆⬧⧫ ♒□⬥ ♐♋❒ ⮹□◆ ♒♋❖♏ ♍□🔾♏📬 ❄♒♏ ♑❒♓■♎ 🔾♋⮹ ⬧♏♏🔾 ⬧●□⬥ ♋■♎ ⧫♏♎♓□◆⬧📪 ♌◆⧫ ⮹□◆ ♋❒♏ ♎□♓■♑ ♋ ●□❖♏●⮹ 🙰□♌📬 ✌■♎ ⬥♒♏■ ⮹□◆ ⬧⧫♋❒⧫ ⧫□ ♑♏⧫ □❖♏❒⬥♒♏●🔾♏♎📪 ❒♏🔾♏🔾♌♏❒ ⧫♒♋⧫ ☝□♎ ♒♋⬧ ■♏❖♏❒ ♐♋♓●♏♎ ⮹□◆ ♌♏♐□❒♏📬 

❄♒♋■🙵 ⮹□◆ ♐□❒ 🔾♋🙵♓■♑ ⧫♒♏⬧♏ ●♋⬧⧫ ♐♏⬥ ⮹♏♋❒⬧ ⬧□ ♋🔾♋⌘♓■♑📬 🖐 ●□❖♏ ⮹□◆ ♋●● ❖♏❒⮹ 🔾◆♍♒📬  

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