LET’S CELEBRATE! Today is one of the greatest days of the year. Today my family celebrates an event that has had very important implications for all the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren descended from my wife and me. Today is my wife’s birthday! We will not go into the long history of my wife’s birthdays except to say her birthday celebrations seem to last for at least a week, beginning days before and sometimes going for days afterward. And my wife is not too shy to let you know in advance that her birthday is approaching. And I noticed on Facebook that now my daughter is promoting her mother’s birthday. So let’s celebrate! After all my wife is a wonderful person and I think definitely one of a kind and that is a good thing. As the biblical writer said, “However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all,” (Ecclesiastes 11:8 NIV).

When my wife and I moved from Panama City Beach, FL to Delray Beach, FL (near West Palm Beach) it brought us close to our son and our grandsons and their families. So tonight hopefully we are going to party; how could we not? My wife deserves it and my life is in danger if we don’t. We look forward to a great evening together with a meal and of course cake and ice cream. My son is standing by with an extinguisher in case the flames from the candles get out of hand. As the years roll on we have to get a larger cake to contain all the candles. And we really should warn our neighbors so they don’t call the police about all the noise or report a fire from all the smoke rising from the candles.

Seriously now, my wife is a great person and we all love her. And in case you are wondering she approved this devotional or else I would be suffering serious consequences. A few years ago when my wife suffered two strokes we weren’t sure what the future would be like. But we are thankful for God’s provision in sparing my wife’s life and allowing her to continue to share life with us. Things in life have changed but she is doing well and continues to work through physical issues and looks as beautiful as ever outwardly and inwardly. We are celebrating her birthday today and invite you to celebrate with us. But beyond that we encourage you to celebrate all of life’s special times as they occur with your family and friends. In the last few years our extended family has been reminded time and again that life is short and uncertain and that we need to take time to celebrate God’s grace and each other at every opportunity. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV). So let’s celebrate! ("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).

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