Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3
Thank you Lord for giving us Jadyn Joan!
Jewel and Jonan
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Most of all she is the epitome of faith and inner strength, encouraging and keeping us strong always. Happy birthday, our dearest Mum!
From all of us,
Jonan, Jewel and Jadyn
Let’s set aside any euphemism about growing old or ageing and face that for every year that’s added to our lives, we are growing old.
Yes, indeed, we can’t avoid growing old, not only biologically but in all aspects. When you are in Christ there is no excuse for not growing old.
Remember that Jesus Christ too grow in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52).
As we live from day-to-day, doing our busy work schedules, interacting with family and friends, attending church, engaging in our hobbies, and fulfilling many other things that we have planned to do, we tend to forget about the time that have elapsed.
It seems that we become unmindful of time when we are just pre-occupied with the many tasks that we do each day to fulfil a bigger and larger goal in life.
Then comes our birthday reminding us that another year has gone by and another year has come.
As our birthday comes each year, we can’t help but look back and gaze forward. We recollect past events in our lives that somehow were responsible in shaping and developing the present person that we are.
Also, we try to look forward and see what else do we need to do to meet our goal in life.
A pessimist may wonder what’s so happy about birthday when it means growing old and nearing your death day.
But the Psalmist wrote great optimism on growing old in Psalm 71:
Well, we cannot stop the wheels of time from running nor be in despair for what growing old may bring.
Like Jesus, let us continue to grow more in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
May the message of Psalm 71 inspire us to embrace growing old and being happy about it.
I wrote this post as my reflection on my 45th birthday on May 22. I thank the Lord God Almighty for generously and mercifully giving me another wonderful year.
Thank you for all who greeted and prayed for me on my special day. Yes, I’m growing old and being happy about it.
I dedicate this post to all who are celebrating their birthday. May you also enjoy growing old in Christ!