Happy Birthday Dear _________,

It’s nearly birthday-palooza at our house.

Our annual December recognition of the anniversary of several natal days begins with me on the 18th. This year is a landmark birthday for me, and I’m not feeling very festive about it. One thing that has helped me embrace the prospect of entering a new decade in life is the blog, Any Shiny Thing, by Lynne Spreen. She says, “We waste our lives apologizing for our maturity instead of celebrating the power that comes with age.” Whoa. I am (mature) woman, hear me roar! I just downloaded Ms. Spreen’s book, Dakota Blues, and it’s next on my reading list.

My dad’s 86th birthday is on December 21. God bless him; may he have many, many more. I wish I could be in Arkansas to celebrate it with him.

Our grandson, Colin, will be five years old on December 22. We decorated gingerbread men and Christmas tree cookies last weekend, and he made peaks in the frosting on each one with his index finger. We also placed ornaments on the tree and arranged the Wise Men, shepherds, Mary, and Joseph around the baby Jesus in our nativity set. It was wonderful.

My favorite son-on-law’s birthday is on Christmas Eve. If anybody is justified in griping about their birthday being lost in the shuffle, it is those born on Christmas Eve. But the Knowles family has done a great job making his birthday distinctive with Chinese food and an honest-to-goodness birthday cake. I’ve wrapped his Christmas present, but not his birthday present–yet.  Happy birthday a little early, Kevin!

imagesAnd then, on the 25th, we celebrate the birthday on which the calendar is based; the most significant birth in history; the Prince of Peace, the Alpha and Omega, the Good Shepherd, Emmanuel is born. What a privilege it is to be able to do so. I pray that our focus is on the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and that all else fades by comparison.

 

“If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: ‘God with us.’ We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!” ~John MacArthur

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