Ever wondered where birthday celebrations originated from?

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):

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior. Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in God’s only Son.

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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.

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