>>Monday, June 26, 2006<<
Birthdays...


I took this from Elle's post about Birthday's. Elle, I hope you don't mind!. Elle is another one of my blogger friends and her birthday was the day before mine. She celebrated it in style with her husband doting on her. My husband did the same thing. It was very special and it meant a lot to me.


I finally found something that really explains how I feel about birthdays. I have always enjoyed celebrating any and everyone's birthday for as long as I can remember. Even my own. Not for the presents or the attention. But, I believe that birthdays should be celebrated because it is a TRUE celebration that person was born into this world and has graced us with their life. So, thank you Elle for posting this on your blog. Because now, i can finally express why Birthdays mean so much to me.


From Here and Now - Living in the Spirit, by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Birthdays need to be celebrated. I think it is more important to celebrate a birthday than a successful exam, a promotion, or a victory. Because to celebrate a birthday means to say to someone: “Thank you for being you.” Celebrating a birthday is exalting life and being glad for it. On a birthday we do not say: “Thanks for what you did, or said, or accomplished.” No, we say: “Thank you for being born and being among us.”

On birthdays we celebrate the present. We do not complain about what happened or speculate about what will happen, but we lift someone up and let everyone say: “We love you.”

I know a friend, who, on his birthday, is picked up by his friends, carried to the bathroom, and thrown clothes and all into a tub full of water. Everyone eagerly awaits his birthday, even he himself. I have no idea where this tradition came from, but to be lifted up and “re-baptized” seems like a very good way to have your life celebrated. We are made aware that although we have to keep our feet on the ground, we are created to reach to the heavens, and that, although we easily get dirty, we can always be washed clean again and our life given a new start.


Celebrating a birthday reminds us of the goodness of life, and in this spirit we really need to celebrate people’s birthdays every day, by showing gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, gentleness, and affection. These are ways of saying: “It’s good that you are alive; it’s good that you are walking with me on this earth. Let’s be glad and rejoice. This is the day that God has made for us to be and to be together.”

10 Comments:
Anonymous Sheena V said...
Thanks for sharing that! I agree - birthdays should be celebrated. And it certainly feels nice when someone wants to celebrate your birthday with you!

Happy belated birthday!

Blogger Margaret said...
Happy birthday!

Blogger 6blessings said...
Happy Birthday!! Hope you had a great one! I'm sure it was extra special to be able to celebrate with your THREE children for the first time!

Blogger ipodmomma said...
my youngest thought it odd a few years back when she realized that her dad and I didn't quite sustain the same level of enthusiasm as she did for birthdays. it was very cute, as she didn't understand the difference between when you are a child, and an adult. but we must never forget, no matter how old, that a birthday is indeed a very special day, and should be celebrated! lovely post....

Blogger jeneflower said...
I hope you had a wonderful birthday. Your posts are always so insightful!

Anonymous Traci said...
Hey perfect timing!!! You posted that right on my birthday!!! I was just on my blog saying I still feel 25 and it is amazing that you were right there feeling all those same things on that same day:-) Kindred souls. So what day was your birthday anyway?

Blogger Starfish said...
Happy Belated! And thank YOU for being born and being among us...I read you regularly and blogs really have helped me through this adoption process!

Anonymous Brasil e Edméia said...
Queridos Rebeca e Brian, estamos muito felizes por esse lindo momento de alegria! Desejamos de todo o coração que David e Julia sejam para vocês um bálsamo do Senhor e que a alegria, a paz e toda realização dos planos de Deus estejam sempre na vida de vocês! Um grande beijo com muitas saudades. Brasil e Edméia

Blogger Elle said...
Thank you for being you! Glad you enjoyed the little story! It made me realize that I should celebrate instead of whine over the fact that I was getting older.

Blogger Rhonda said...
Birthdays should definitely be celebrated, no matter your age. I loved this post.