(New) Birth-day Celebration


"Nicodemus asked, How is it possible for an adult to be born? It’s impossible to enter the mother’s womb for a second time and be born, isn’t it?' Jesus answered, 'I assure you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.'" - John 3:4-6

Birthdays = cake = sugar = life is good. I’m a huge birthday celebrator. If it’s a friend’s birthday, hooray. If it’s my birthday, even better! Good food, special desserts, and balloons and gifts and family and friends — could there be a better day? Not in my book.

But maybe there is. In the Good Book, there may be something even better.

Today’s Scripture passage tells us that the day we are born in the Spirit (have our new birth day) is a day to be remembered. When we are born in the Spirit, we are born with the presence of God who is always with us no matter where we go, what we’ve done or have yet to do, and even when we don’t feel like a faithful follower of Christ.

The truth is: God is with us. Always and forever, God is with us. If that doesn’t call for a celebration, then I don’t know what does.

God, you are the living Spirit who is alive and at work in my life and in this world. Help me to be a faithful disciple of Christ and to remember that I am born in your Spirit, every day. I thank you for being with me, always and forever. Amen.
Apr 6 2019