This morning I asked the Lord for something special.
Just a little love verse, or inside joke, or whispered song,
commemorating my entrance into this world on
Sunday, November 1, 1959 at 4:34 p.m.
I flipped open the Bible and searched for a word,
but there were no goosebumpy moments.
I picked up a pencil and wrote the date in my journal,
but no wise contemplation broke forth.
I sat in my chair, listening in the silent, dark morning,
but I didn’t hear a thing.
I gave up on a “special something” and got on with my day.
Little did I know,
the birthday party was waiting for me in my bathroom.
As I stood in front of the mirror looking at my year-older self,
I saw something in the reflection — gifts galore.
That Psalm I’ve been living with for ten months,
the one I can almost recite all the way through without peeking —
called to mind my 21,000+ days and my future, better Day to come.
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.”
Those two toothbrushes standing at attention,
brought to my attention that thirty eight years and three bypasses later,
I still get to see two toothbrushes in my mirror every day.
“I am my beloved’s and he is mine.”
The straightener that I use every day but have never noticed,
says Nu-Me, and I am reminded that I am
renewed daily by His mercies.
“They are new every morning; great is his faithfulness.”
Those little pearly earrings, cheap imitations of the real thing,
speak of the real thing — the kingdom pearl of such great value
that everything is worth trading for such a gift.
“When he found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had,
and bought it.”
All my birthday gifts were hiding in the bathroom.
All saints day and how could I have failed to send you greetings ?
Happy Birthday dear Dinah! You are very dear to me! I spoke of you over the weekend about your piano teaching our daughter. I spoke of you last week about the Bible studies in your kitchen and through your tutoring/ mentoring/ sharing I have grown in my faith and my knowledge of our faith. Thank you!!!
Much affection, Mary
Mary! Your message was the best birthday present! So glad we can stay connected through the years. Appreciate your friendship!
Well Happy Birthday friend!! Thanks for sharing your special moments with us. I love, love reading your blog. If I wasn’t working and lived closer I’d come to your Bible study. You have a gift. Laura
Laura! Thanks for reading! Makes my heart so happy to see your comment. Miss you guys!