As one ages, there is a tendency to look back on life in a more reflective manner. There are joys; there are sorrows; there are memories. A visit to the beach was a little out of the ordinary for the way we have generally celebrated family birthdays in the past. Thus, it made me stop and think about some of the more memorable occasions we have had throughout the years. We have celebrated family birthdays in a multitude of ways. My favorite celebration was on a cruise ship. Unfortunately, the one that sticks out most in my mind was my 26th birthday as I faced a treacherous battle against cancer. It was not a fun birthday, but it was a memorable one. I had a serious infection and marked the day by laying in my hospital bed in misery. It definitely helped put other birthdays into a different perspective. One's appreciation grows for the good things when sorrow and suffering have been confronted head-on.
Let me pose a few questions for your reflection and prayer today.
What was your favorite birthday celebration? Why?
What is your most memorable milestone accomplishment thus far? Why?
What was your moment of deepest emotional pain? How did you cope?
How have the joys and sorrows of life shaped you as a person?
What role did your faith in God play in all of this?