Posts Tagged ‘Birthday’

November is full of landmarks for myself and our family. This it was more than usual. Apart from the 4 birthdays in the family around the world there are a number of anniversaries for November 2012 – both positive and negative.
The first one was a negative one. It was 1 year since I was retrenched and the start of a very tough and stressful four and a half months with no job or income. The positive spin on this event is that I got to spend quality time with my daughter for the first four and half months of her life as well as time with my older brother who was on holiday in SA during that time.

The next anniversary was the 5th wedding anniversary of myself and my wife. It has been a fantastic 5 years with my best friend. There have been ups and downs but that’s life. There have been more ups than downs. It has been and will continue to be the most exciting journey we could travel on because we travel it together. I thank God daily for my life with her because she is an amazing person.

The last special event of November was my daughter 1st birthday. She came into the world through complicated circumstances (mainly through my wife developing pre-eclampsia) but was healthy and perfect. She a beautiful God made and God given gift. She has grown daily and has brought a huge amount of joy to our lives in one short year. An amazing addition to our family, both immediate and extended, local and overseas.

What I can take away from this month of remembering is to focus on the positive. You have to acknowledge the negative but you must focus on the positives in every situation. Despite the tough times you must surround yourself with people that support and up lift you through those tough times.

Acknowledge the tough times, learn from them but focus on the good things!

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“…Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

Luke 2:14 (NIV UK)

Queen Elizabeth II, Head of State of the United Kingdom, was born on 21st April 1926. However, her birthday is not officially observed on that day. Instead, she has an “official birthday” that is usually observed in June.

There is no particular ceremony on the Queen’s actual birthday, although those in the vicinity of Hyde Park or the Tower of London would hear the 41 and 62 gun salutes that are discharged on that day.

All of the major events and ceremonies take place on the official birthday date that is set by the government to the most convenient time in the summer.

No one knows the exact date of Jesus’ birthday. Some have tried to establish a likely date in the autumn of the year, using indications from the Bible. Others think that a December date is quite possible. Some astronomers have recently announced that Jesus was born in June. There is no generally accepted date for Jesus’ birth.

If we want to honour and celebrate this greatest of events, the Incarnation of God, we will have to do as is done for the Queen, and celebrate an “official” birthday. This year, as it has been for many hundreds of years, Jesus’ official birthday is on December 25.

We can celebrate this official birthday, not with firing artillery, but with honouring and praising God for giving us His Son to be God with us. We can share the wonderful gospel message with our fellow human beings, sharing the love that God has given us.

Jesus’ birth is good news that causes great joy for everyone, even if they don’t know it yet. Even more good news is that Jesus is coming again in glory to restore all things. What great events we have to celebrate.

Almighty God, Father of our Lord, we give you worship and thanks for your overwhelming love. Help us to celebrate the coming of Christ, and look forward to his return. We praise you in his name.

Author: Jim Robertson is an elder in the Shetland Islands congregation of the Worldwide Church of God. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the blog or its owners

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