Yesterday was my dad’s 87th birthday. I posted it on Facebook. A simple post. It received more likes and comments than he has lived years! It made his day! His year for that matter! 🙂
It breathed life back into his frailer frame! He stood a little straighter. A little stronger.
As we grow old we move a little slower. We lose that pep in our step. We feel less vibrant. Less valued. Less needed. Less important.
Yesterday changed all that. It offered my father the gift of life. Vibrant lives from all walks of life reaching out to him honoring him on his special day. You offered him the gift of opening up a lifetime of memories and reliving every last one of them. Many of you know him now, knew him years ago, or just know me. You’ve been a character in one of his stories or you’ve simply just heard about him in mine. It’s the circle of life.
As we read together each thoughtful sentiment, he shared with me just how touched he was. To have known such wonderful people in his full lifetime and that his daughter, me, has such wonderful people in my life. He quietly said to me as he patted my hand, “You’re going to be okay. You’ve got alot of good people in your life that care about you.”
I’m a parent. And a grandparent. I get that. That circle of life. That we all go on. To know our future generations are going on. And managing to do so in a positive manner is worth it’s weight in gold.
Life. It’s a gift that has been given to each one of us. On a random day specific to each one of us. Our birthday.
Life. It’s fragile. It can come or go in a heartbeat. Cherish it.
Jesus came wrapped to each of us as a gift. Wrapped in swaddling cloths. As we each unwrap that gift, the gift of eternal life, let’s take a moment to really ponder and appreciate what a gift life truly is! I know my dad did! Just yesterday!
You see there is a master plan. We are not all just a bunch of random lives existing for just ourselves. We were each created uniquely with a purpose. We were each knit together in our mother’s womb. We all fit together. We are all weaved together into the masterpiece of God. His creation. For eternity. We were meant to all live together. As God’s children. Spreading His love to others.
Thank you each and every one of you for honoring my dad on his special day with your well wishes. Now I ask another favor of you. Honor my eternal Father. Give him your well wishes as well. The praises due Him. For life. For our many blessings. Talk to Him each day. After all, He is the one that made life itself possible.
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
Love and laughter,