Birthdays are often great celebrations! Maybe you’ve celebrated your first or your ninety-first. No matter how young or old you are, the mere fact that you have another candle to add to your cake is a GREAT deal.
Many many many people never get to see that next year.
I remember my 90-year-old grandma tell me that she loved adding candles to her cake because that meant that she was not D-E-A-D dead!
And she put on the silly hat and we all sang off-key renditions of Happy Birthday to our Tootsie.
Do you sing for your birthday?
Have special family traditions?
Like a certain type of cake or ice cream?
Do you have big parties, small parties, no parties?
How do you ring in your new life year?
Our son, Maxwell, whose very life is a walking miracle got to run into his 5th year with a fishing pole in hand! Not only that, he caught a big trout on his first cast and even had to suck it up and kiss the fish! Slimy, fishy lips and all.
What makes him a walking miracle? You may wonder.
Well, Maxie was really sick when he was 5 weeks old. The doctors did not know if he would live or die. He had to be brought back to life once, bagged a second time, and suffered even congestive heart failure coupled with many other scary things. He was even in a deep sleep coma.
And every year on his birthday we can’t help but see how each year of life is a gift.
Sometimes on birthdays, we ask for LOTS of presents. In fact, Maxie this year wanted A TON of presents. He even got to go the toy store with me and pick out a couple fun things that he really wanted. A car that moves and a lighthouse for his pirates. And Maxie’s Nana and Papa even sent him money to go and pick out his very own big-boy bike.
Presents—they nearly complete this day called our birthday, right?
But even amongst the fun of wrapping paper, singing, cake, ice cream, and lots of silly hats and shout-outs to us, let us never forget that life is the biggest and best present we have ever been given.
And we have been given this awesome gift by God himself.
So this year, whether you ring in your new birthday year with silly hats or fish kissing, remember to stop and thank God for the gift of your life!
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” John 3:16 (The Message)
How would you like to thank God for this year of your life?
Signing off from Missions 52,
The Mom and Dad of Max, aka The Fish Kisser!