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“A birthday party day just for me!” Four-year-old Carlie cried with excitement as she had just been at the orphanage a short time when her fifth birthday came along. Carlie woke early to get dressed for all the activities.
After lunch, Carlie gushed to the head nun, “Why, there was a parade this morning! We got to have a picnic lunch outside with all of us! All for my birthday! What food! What fun! Fireworks tonight, too! I never had a birthday like that before!”
Head Nun Susan nodded and smiled at the excited girl. “Well, isn’t that nice?!”
The nun didn’t tell the grieving orphan that the celebration came every year all over the country. So for a few years, Carlie appreciated her very special birthday, not knowing it fell on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day or not, each life is worth celebrating.
On the sixth day of creation is when it began. God created man in his image and likeness and gave the first man and woman each other, food, water and the job of ruling over all the creatures.
The Bible reports, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” [Genesis 2:31
Everything else he created, he just called it “good.” But his creation of human life stirred up with much divine love, that was and is special. Over the centuries, human beings so unique that none have ever been alike. Not Carlie. Not me. Not you–as different from each other as fingerprints.
The precious gift of life: it comes with God’s smile and applause, even without fireworks and a parade.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]