Ever wondered where birthday celebrations originated from? Biblical Scholars say that the earliest mention of a birthday was around 3,000 B.C. and was in reference to a Pharaoh’s birthday. Celebrating birthdays evolved since and the reasons one can celebrate it is for a new season, acknowledging the grace of God. A measure of life and finally to bring a family and friends together. As the birthdays roll on and life is completed it brings respect for the elderly and sorrow for those who died young. Yet the question at each birthday should be, if the roll is called up yonder, will I be there? The spiritual preparedness to meet God is more important than our earthly celebration of life. The best gift ever given to the human being is rebirth into the kingdom of God. The day John 3:16 becomes a reality (GNB):
One should celebrate the day you accepted Jesus Christ as saviour too, it’s a date written in the book of life.
Dear Lord, as I celebrate being in life, make me live for you with the assurance that my name is written in the book of life. Even so Lord, remember me today in my toils, excitement and disappointments. I love you Lord, as you loved me first. Amen. Dr Cliff Ferguson – Shalom Centurion.