This Is Us 

Good morning! 

I’m not much of a weekly television series kind of girl. I’m more of a movie fan. I guess I’m not very patient.  I want it all now. In one sitting. But I’ve been watching a new dramedy this fall on Tuesday nights on NBC. The previews caught my attention.  It’s entitled This Is Us. I’d highly recommend it.  🙂

It’s a refreshingly and provocative series that follows a unique ensemble. As their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know, we find that several of them share the same birthdays.

If your birthday is any day except February 29th, you share your birthday with approximately 1/365 of any population (0.274%). Since the world population is estimated at around 7 billion, that means you share your birthday with about 19 million other people around the world.  That’s a lot of candles burning on one specific day! 🙂 

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how many of those life stories intertwine? Every day I’m reminded what a small world it really is. 

Do you know anyone that shares your actual birthday? I share mine, October 15th, 1959, with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, former wife of Prince Andrew. Needless to say, unlike the new TV series, our paths have never even crossed, let alone intertwined. 🙂 

The birthday that is shared by more people than any other around the world is that of Jesus Christ.  We celebrate it every December 25th. It’s the birthday that changed humanity.  It has no weekly TV show to follow it’s story line, although we all are quite familiar with its story. It’s the greatest story ever told. There’s no other that shares Christ’s actual birthday that’s been recorded. He, and only He, was God’s only son, that brought joy to the world upon His arrival.

Let’s all celebrate Him. This December 25th. On His celebrated birthdate. And every day. For without Him, there would be no us. I don’t know about you, but I can only speak for myself. In spite of all my days of being a hot mess, I’m pretty ecstatic that God made me. That He gave me a chance at this thing we call life. That He still walks beside me each and every day granting me opportunity after opportunity to show His love to others. To get it right. I may not be right where I think I should be in life at this time,  but I do believe I’m right where God wants me. If that’s good enough for God, that’s good enough for me! 🙂

With the holidays approaching I ask each of you to thank God for who you are. For your life. Let’s truly be thankful! Let’s give thanks this Thanksgiving and mean it. We were each created uniquely as God so purposed. Be joyous! This is us.

 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.                                 John 16:21            

Love and laughter, 




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