Well, they didn’t exactly say it this way, but it’s what they meant. It was the question my daddy and sister both asked within the last few weeks as February 7 is quickly approaching. Yes! They’re as surprised as me. I am that old. I received their questions with grace. No, I’m not going into depression that two digits are changing. However, I must admit it jars me and has made me a little blue.
I know I need to have the right attitude about this celebratory event and not forget it, as I would like. I can’t help but remember Sundays at our church when we lived in Caracas, Venezuela. The tradition each Sunday was to ask who had just celebrated birthdays the previous week. Those special people would then walk up to the front to be recognized. They were given the opportunity to say a few words. I will never forget the words spoken by Hermana Maria, who always seemed to be smiling although her life had been filled with tragedy. With a radiant smile on her face she said, “I just want to thank God for allowing me to complete another year of life.” Children learned through these testimonies that God is the giver of life and that life is a gift.
This week I am reminded that I don’t need to be whining about turning two new digits. I am to say, “Thank you Lord for allowing me to complete another year of life. It is a gift.” Just thinking these words bring a smile to my face and put joy in my heart as I remember the multitude of amazing blessings I received this past year. In spite of a year with difficulties, tears, and sorrow there have been countless pockets of joy that found their way into my life because of Jesus, the giver of life, the giver of all things good. He is the author and finisher of my faith who brings light because He is the perfect Light. May we daily walk close to Him always remembering, This is the day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and thankful in it.
Great Post! BUT THE REAL INTENTION FROM MY QUESTION was…WOW! You REALLY do not look like you should be 60! ? Hugs and kisses for a wonderful birthday weekend to celebrate for you being a great wife, daughter, mother, Mimi, and SISTER who has gone above and beyond the call of duty! I love you dearly! Kimberly Sent from my iPad
How I love you Sister!! So many blessings in my life and YOU’RE one of the greatest!! So excited about you and Daddy coming soon. Wish Wes could make the trip, too.
I love the way you shed God’s perspective on these things that plague us all. I’m approaching 56 and that is much closer to 60 than 50…! Thank you for reminding us that we can celebrate each day as a gift from God. So true!
Btw, you look terrific for those two digits!
Your words of wisdom have just helped me in my battle against aging. I know I am fighting a losing battle. Every time I look in the mirror, I come away more depressed than before. I should enjoy each day the Lord is giving me. My daughter-in-law’s Mother just passed away last week and she and I are the same age. I often wonder at what age will the Lord take me home. The lady had a Catholic funeral and the priest at one point said she lived with joy, an acronym for J-Jesus, O-Others, and Y-Yourself. Put Jesus first, others second, and yourself last.
Elaine, I’m very grateful the blog on aging has helped you today. We have to stay intentional when fighting battles that come our way. It’s good there are some practical things to do that can help, but dealing with aging and grief are just very hard. I love the JOY acronym. Someone once did say that there are times we have to work on ourselves before we can move to the “others”. I think they may be on to something. I do know that our own soul care is vital as we work at managing the many stresses we encounter. We know that Jesus first is always the right thing no matter what. I’m SO grateful He’s with us through all seasons of life. Prayers for you! You are loved!