Today, July 22, is a special day to celebrate the birth of my beloved son. I have not always been a perfect parent, but I have loved him with all my heart as long as he has lived. I am a proud parent of the man he has become.
He brings smiles, laughter, and delight when he expresses his sense of humor. He often brings amazement and sometimes bewilderment (to me) when he explains his understanding of areas of expertise concerning his profession. He brings feelings of joy and gratitude to me when he demonstrates his God-given gifts to bless others.
Son, may you have a blessed birthday today with many more to come. You are a life worth celebrating from the first time I held you to the last hug we shared! I am grateful for your love, encouragement, positive communication, and reminders of God’s care even in difficult times — signs of your maturity and spiritual growth. Your life gives me hope, and I pray your life will overflow with hope and abundant living as you walk in the truth. Enjoy a blessed birthday!
“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” (3 John 1:4)
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.”
“It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself if his conduct is pure and right.”
“So that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you appear as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2:15)
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17)