A Moment to Reflect

8 June 2020

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A previous birthday cake just completed.

Today one of our family members will celebrate a birthday- but it will have to be done “remotely.” Several times during this lockdown we’ve had to have virtual family get-togethers online to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to young and old. It’s no substitute for a real coming together in person. And while you can all watch the birthday candles being blown out you can’t eat your share of the birthday cake ‘virtually.’ Nevertheless it is very important to us that birthdays are celebrated. Henri Nouwen, with typical insight tells us why this is so.

“Birthdays need to be celebrated. I think it is more important to celebrate a birthday than a successful exam, a promotion, or a victory. Because you celebrate a birthday means to say to someone: ‘Thank you for being you.’ Celebrating a birthday is exalting life and being glad for it. On a birthday we do not say: ‘Thanks for what you did, or said, or accomplished.’ No, we say: ‘Thank you for being born and being among us.’

On birthdays we celebrate the present. We do not complain about what happened or speculate about what will happen, but we will lift someone up and let everyone say: ‘We love you.'” Henri Nouwen, Here and Now.

So today for your reflection. Take a look in a mirror, celebrate the present, remind yourself that your life does matter to God and if someone you know is celebrating a birthday tell them you love them.