“I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth. ”
“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel
(A very young dad with his big brother Paul–1928 or 29)
So I’m off to a tiny fete this morning…a very wee celebration.
Someone is turning 88 today and has asked that all interested parties just…
forget the day,
let it pass,
for it, this milestone of life, represents but one less year remaining on this earth….
one year closer to departing this life….
Well, if you look at it that way, I suppose we’re all working our way closer to demise each and every morning we open our eyes…however…I certainly don’t think that’s any way to live…
merely ticking off the days…especially when there’s a birthday to celebrate…
So celebrate we shall…. despite all the gloom and doom from the birthday boy…
Happy Birthday Dad!!!!!
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
Wise words: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end.
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Happy birthday to your dad! He is one day closer to being called home by his creator who loves him the most, to spend eternity with him.
Thank you Mike—oh I couldn’t agree more—I just wish I could get dad to figure that out—the dementia does rob him of much of his clarity most often—but I got him lots of chocolate so he was a happy camper 🙂
Happy Birthday, Julie’s dad. Bless his heart, dementia is a thief sadly! It was sweet of your to make a celebration out of it and give him is supply of chocolate. James is a chocaholic too. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤