Life gives us holidays and celebrations, some pleasant and some sad, some that we expect and we plan and some that do not have any input from us but knowing that will come, some are full of guests, music and flowers and others that you are alone or nearly one ……
Today we celebrate an event …. honestly, I do not know where to put it.
To be happy? We have to be, but is hard…..
To be sad? We could, but we are not ….
Today, we remember that 19 years ago God blessed us with a special blessing: Daniel!… and we are received that blessing with joy in our hearts. Moments of happiness when after five daughters (two of which have already gone into heaven) God has blessed us with a boy!
Thanks God for him; for almost 19 years he delighted us with his presence, he bring joy and happiness to entire house, he say at 5 years old he want to be a pastor, actually in there time he goes to our pastor in one Sunday and grabbing his coat (to bring attention) he ask: what do you do to be a pastor?
….. but life goes on….a year ago when he turned 18, I wrote him: “Your success in life is always in your hands. I wish you faith, strength and focus to succeed in life.
Many say that youth is wasted on the young but you have the ability to prove that wrong! On your 18th birthday, make me a promise that you will not waste what you’re got, live to the fullest and make the very best of everything. A talent alone is never enough; you need to have a thirst to master it.
I look at you and wonder what mountains you will climb, what joys you will have…..I know there will be tears and struggle as well, but my prayer is that YOU WILL GROW into the man YOU ARE MEANT TO BE!!!!!
Now, I realize that without knowing, I prophesied something for his life. And he, as an obedient child rushed to fulfill that prophesy.
Today we celebrate his coming into this world 19 years ago …
Thank God for the 18 years we have celebrated this event together …..
But now, on his 19th celebration, we are on different continents …. we, his parents, here in Phoenix continuing our daily lives and him, our son Danny, in Sydney, Australia, where he is going not to waste his youth, but to start being the MAN he is MEANT TO BE!!!
God called him to enlarge the boundaries of his activities: now he is call to bring the joy and happiness to the word, to be a changemaker, to bring the Word of God to the people who don’t know Him, to brings hope and laugh, music and flowers to anyone around him…..
To be sad that we are not together? We could, but we are not … To be happy? We must be, even if it’s hard …..
What we can sincerely do from a distance is to wish him God’s blessing upon him every single day; and every word from now on has another dimension for us, as parents, when we say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY (not Danny Boy anymore, but…..) DANIEL, THE MAN OF GOD!!!!!
“Elf on the Shelf? As Christian parents, why would some use a demonic diety such as this “cute” thing to control and terrorize their children into obedience in order to look forward to ushering in the chief demon of the season also known as “Santa Claus” ???”By Betty Covert Jesus
“You won’t find any reference to Santa in the Bible, but you will find him in most “Christian” homes and church dramas. Another thing of interest is this: Take the word SANTA, remove the “N” and place at the end…now you have what he really represents — SATAN.”By Jack Kirkland