The temperature drops. Several inches of snowfall loom on the Western horizon. The signs are clear, there’s no mistaking: it’s my birthday all right. Christmas, New Year’s, Ben’s birthday… all in succession.
My earliest claim to fame was being “First Baby of the Year” in Clarkston, Michigan, for 19__. (Bonus points to the reader – not a family member or longtime close friend – who can guess the year: your trivia for the day.) The last time I paid a visit to the old hometown was 2002, and it has transformed from a cozy small town to a full-fledged upscale suburban bedroom community along the Interstate between Detroit and Flint. If you’ve got to live along that corridor, Clarkston is a nice place to be… trust me. Anyway, I’ve digressed, but I have the right to do so on my birthday.
Not that you were even considering giving me anything, but just in case you feel a mild tinge of guilt about missing my birthday, here’s what you can do: donate to the World Vision tsunami relief program through Jim C.’s page. He has the modest but admirable goal of raising $2,000. If you haven’t given yet, or you can give a little more, why don’t you show your support for Jim and the Rocky Mountain Alliance a bit along the way?
Birthdays, at least for me, are a time for reflection on the past year. Looking back, I can really see God’s faithfulness. I’ve grown a bit spiritually, and my faith is a bit stronger than it was this time in 2004. But I still have a long way to go. The following has been one of my favorite Scripture passages for years now:
20 Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me.
21 This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
22 The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.
24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I have hope in Him.”
25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
May God bless you richly today.
Update: We have a winner in the “Guess which year Ben was born” contest. Congratulations to Jared, who correctly said 1977. (Yes, I am a youngster.) If you’ve yet to visit Jared’s blog, now is the time to go.
Happy birthday, Ben!
Mr. Bob says
Birfy Hapday Ben. It was good to see you for a brief moment yesterday…now I know where you work, I’ll have to stop by and take you to lunch one of these days.
Happy Birthday and may God bless you and keep you. And stay warm.