Category Archives: Birthdays

Happy Birthday, Sis!

Today is my precious little sister’s fourteenth birthday. The older I get, and closer the time comes that I may be leaving home, the more I’m coming to appreciate things like that. I never realized how much I enjoy watching Susanna open presents before. She just gets so excited. Another thing I’ve realized is how much she’s really grown up. It’s only been in the past few months that I’ve noticed that she’s really not a little kid anymore, she’s beautiful young lady, and quickly growing into a woman. Once again I’m realizing how blessed I am to have younger siblings, however much I may have complained about it in the past. Since I fail at putting things into words well, I’ll quote Fiddler on the Roof in my prayer for Susanna in the coming year…

May the Lord protect and defend you
May He always shield you from shame
May you come to be
In Israel a shining name

May you be like Ruth and like Esther
May you be deserving of praise
Strengthen them, oh Lord
And keep them from the stranger’s ways

May God bless you, and grant you long lives
May the Lord fulfill our Sabbath prayer for you
May God make you good mothers and wives
May He send you husbands who will care for you

May the Lord protect and defend you
May the Lord preserve you from pain
Favor them, oh Lord, with happiness and peace
Oh, hear our Sabbath prayer. Amen

That’s for you, sis. I love you so much. I’ll leave you with one verse: Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30. You’re beautiful, but you’re beautiful because you’re following Him. I pray as you continue to mature, you’ll grow closer the Lover of your soul.

Happy birthday, Susanna.


This One’s For You, Bro

Today, my younger brother turned sixteen. It’s a strange feeling to realize that your younger sibling is old enough to drive. For his birthday, he did a concert at a local coffee shop, playing and singing music he’d written. Okay, I’ll be honest, he’s not really a sensation or anything, but he’s pretty good. He’s also great in front of people. That boy really thrives on the spotlight. Anyhow, I just wanted to say: Happy Birthday, Joe! You’re such an amazing young man, and it’s such a privilege for me to watch you grow and mature. I pray for wisdom for you going into this next year. I would love nothing more than to know you can look back over your sixteenth year of life and see that you have truly grown in “wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”

I’m not really a genius, and I won’t try to be eloquent. I have one piece of advice for you, Joe. Go to God. I know you know that, but I can’t emphasize it enough. Let Him show you the way to go. Proverbs 3:5-6 holds a foundational truth that’s all too easy to forget… “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” I’ll support you wherever you go, bro, just please, do things His way. I don’t want to see you get hurt. I love you so much, Joe!

Happy birthday to my wonderful brother!