VIEW FROM THE PULPIT: Birthdays and God

Happy Birthday!

When our granddaughter Gabrielle was born, the sun was shining.  It was a beautiful day.  We remarked that it was a nice day for a birthday.  Her four-year-old brother queried, “Is this her birthday?”

“Yes,” we replied.

“It’s a good thing she was born today so she didn’t miss her birthday,” he said.

On a T-shirt worn by an elderly lady, it said, “I am 16 with 60 years of experience.”

Birthdays are significant. They are marks of time. We may not look a day older but we are.

The more birthdays we accumulate, the more change there is in our lives. Someone once said that as soon as we are born, the aging process begins and leads to death.

On the contrary, God does not change. He knew us before we were born, and he knows every moment of our lives.

As we live in his love and forgiveness through Jesus, we will be received into eternal heaven and birthdays will be no more.

– Ken Schauer is the pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Grand Forks

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