Thursday, July 3, 2008

A special birthday surprise

Today is my oldest daughter's birthday. That's right. She was born on July 3. A lot of people think being born on or near a holiday is a bummer. Becky, on the other hand, always thought it was cool. When she was little we used to tell her that they shot off the fireworks just for her on her birthday. It was the best gift in the world.

I don't know how old she was when she figured it out, but she let us keep the myth alive for a few years. We'd go to the marina with our blankets and watch the fireworks go off and celebrate her birthday. I still think of that whenever I see a fireworks display, whether it is at a Defender's game or some other event.

The truth is that God does some pretty amazing things to celebrate our birthdays. He sends friends and family our way to spend the day. He takes the day off and puts everything aside to be with us. And sometimes he coordinates our special day with fireworks or something else that just happens to be going on. So if today is your birthday... enjoy the fireworks. God loves you!



Denise said...

Happy Birthday to your precious daughter.

Lou said...

Like Cal, I have a daughter born on a holiday, New Year's Eve. While she is my little "tax deduction" she thought until she was 7 or 8 that the whole world celebrated her birthday. She could watch the festivities on television!
I think God starts out our lives with celebration and joy. Each of us continue to find that day special for our family members and we raise up in church each week those who have celebrated during the last week (and might not have been in church last Sunday) and those who will celebrate in the week ahead.
God gave us life, let us celebrate God's gifts.
Lou Harper, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Griswold