Birthdays, Anniversaries and Graduation have all one thing in common.. to celebrate life’s milestones.
Recently I was blessed to witness I friends birthday party which is not the ordinary way of celebrating birthdays. Usually when people throw birthday parties it is all about their friends, fancy places and activities and wish list catering to them. I am not saying that this is bad or wrong, but that’s just how everyone celebrates birthday.
My friend Riva on the other hand celebrates birthday with the street children or the less privileged. She increases the count of her attendees with her age. She celebrates with them in a restaurant which they can only dream of entering. Plays games and does unique activities with her special invited guests and friends. On top of that she asks her friends to not give her gifts but cater to her wish list of giving certain things to her special guests, such as educational materials, slippers or shoes, clothes and utilities like toothbrush and soap.
Riva started this when she was 18, ten years later she has now invited 28 kids and made it extra special by bringing them to a science museum. After which they had story telling then celebrated in the local Filipino fast food chain restaurant. I was so blessed to even simply witness the happiness in the faces of the kids of having a new slipper or a new toothbrush! Somethings we simply take in for granted.
While seeing the smile on their faces, I was reminded of the birth of Jesus Christ and why we celebrate Christmas. That baby Jesus was born so that one day he can bridge the gap between our relationship with our God the Father. A sense of Hope and renewal a reason for us to celebrate life.
Let us not forget the reason why we celebrate Christmas or why we simply celebrate life, the reason why we are here, the purpose and the gift.
Joy and enjoyment are available just as misery. Righteousness and peace are available just as condemnation and turmoil. There are blessings and curses now its up to you what you would like to choose. Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us to choose life and blessings! – new day by Joyce Meyer
Luke 2:6-7 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first born, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Isaiah 9:6 For us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting father and Prince of Peace.
Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas! 🙂