Happy #Birthday to Me

Thank You, LORD, for giving me life.

Thank You for giving me human flesh and a human mom and dad.

Thank You for offering to me the gift of eternal life through the shed blood of Your only Son, Jesus Christ.

Thank You, Jesus, for dying in my place and for not being ashamed to call me Your next of kin.

And thank you so much for such dear friends and family as You have given me to travel with through life.

One of my friends, whom I have known nearly forty years, never fails to send me a birthday card. She does this for many friends, I’m quite sure, not just me. And she always writes a personal note, filling the entire card with her words.

Usually something about her family, who feel like family to me, and often asking about mine. Today when I opened her lovely card there was an extra envelope inside. What a blessing. Let me tell you what sweet thing she did.

The envelope is addressed in neat script, in pencil, to my friend and her husband. The stamp was cancelled in July 1992. I recognized the handwriting as my son’s. Next to the address was written in her handwriting (and underlined) the word SAVE.

My son was twelve years old in 1992. He’s turning forty next month. What a treasure to read a letter written to this family of dear friends whom he had known as a very young child, but clearly held in great regard. The letter was written in thanks for their annual birthday card, and the gift of one dollar enclosed.

The gift to me of reading my son’s sentiments in the context of my own birthday, his upcoming one, and the fact that he is also a father, is precious. Life intertwined. One of the threads that cannot be broken.

Love. The love of God shown from friend to friend, family to family, generation to generation in sentiments which can not be removed.

Thank you, my friend, and thank You, my Father.

For I am persuaded that neither death , nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us written by Stuart Townend. Check out his website for the lyrics and background of the song. I am not receiving anything for you clicking through to his site.

Here is Fernando Ortego singing How Deep the Father’s Love.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Thank you for sharing my day with me. God bless you with His great love.