Thursday, December 15, 2011

Reflections on a Birthday

Today I have been alive 63 years.

I have been blessed. What pain I have experienced has been mostly self-inflicted.

I have been loved. Truly. I know this is so because I understand that the ones who love me forgive me daily.

I have been happy. But a thousand times better; I have been given joy. (Psalm 4:7)

I have been redeemed. Like Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones I have seen this dead heart made alive. I stand amazed and can scarcely comprehend.

I have come to understand that God is in control. Of everything. And this is His province, while mine is self-control. Also that there is nothing He does in my life but what is directed toward His glory and my good. Even the stuff I don't like.

"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.(Psalm 4:8)"

Happy birthday to me.

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