Devotional for Tuesday December 8th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
Our Bible verse for today: “For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.” Proverbs 9:11 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Celebrate the life not just the number”
One of the most common forms of celebration is a birthday celebration. In our church we celebrated two of them just this past week. One was for a boy who turned ten. His was celebrated with a party in the church gymnasium which included all the treats kids love, along with a NERF battle complete with NERF guns and swords. The other was for a man who turned fifty. For him family and friends provided a cake which we all shared in the Fellowship Hall after the service.  Both birthdays were both special and both were celebrated.
Birthdays are important forms of celebration for several reasons. First, just the simple fact that the person was given another year of life is special. Many people don’t get the privilege of living a long life. Some who were here for their birthday last year are no longer with us today. A birthday party is a celebration of the gift of a life that continues.
Also, when we celebrate a person’s birthday, we aren’t celebrating a number but a life. We’re expressing joy and gratitude for this person. We’re celebrating the fact that this person was brought into the world to begin with and is still here with us today. Birthdays celebrate the gift of life and the uniqueness of this person’s individual life. Every person is special. Every person is a unique and much-loved creation of God. And every person is a reason to celebrate. (Speaking of unique, I once knew a man whose last name was “Christmas” and he was born on Christmas day).
The next time you get to participate in a birthday celebration I encourage you to really think about the person and the life you are helping to celebrate. We’re celebrating a life, not just a number.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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